Search ongoing for missing Nanticoke man

LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - As temperatures decrease, concern is increasing for a 22-year old man who has been missing for more than 24 hours.

Family, friends and the community are pulling together in this race against time.

"(We are) keeping our hopes up, doing whatever we can, staying out here as long as we can" said Joshua Allabaugh, Adam Lutz's friend.

That perseverance is to find 22-year old Adam Lutz of Nanticoke. A friend of Lutz last saw him Thursday night just before 11 o'clock near Lake Silkworth at Route 29 and Lake Side Drive. That sparked an initial three hour search that resumed again Friday afternoon including seven fire departments and a scuba team.

Chief Jerry Walker of the Lake Silkworth Fire Department said "We got more agencies out here, more boats, just in case we had to deploy, we are still looking."

Those in the community looked by foot to find any sign, digging deeper into the investigation. A boat was prepared to take divers out into the water but the plan was scrubbed because of darkness.

"We had no location as to where he was at, we found some clothing in the area of the lake" Walker said.

Officials say Lutz was wearing a black long sleeve shirt and blue jeans when he was last seen with a friend. Lehman police say that friend called 911 when Lutz disappeared. Lutz was seen on surveillance video entering and leaving his car.

Crews suspended their search just after 6PM, but even though night had fallen, Lutz's friends continued to look for their friend.

"(We are) looking out in the woods, looking up and down every street, looking in the creeks, looking under docks, anything" Allabaugh said.

If anyone has any information or leads as to where Adam Lutz might have gone, please call Lehman Township Police or 911.


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