Search and rescue for missing Lackawanna County man

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COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) The search continues for 72-year-old Ronald Nicholas at Brady’s Lake.

The Clifton Township man was last seen on Monday, April 5 parking his truck at Brady’s Lake in Monroe County. But investigators have hope that they will find him alive.

Officials have been searching for Nicholas for three days now at Brady’s Lake. So far, no luck. But police and Nicholas’ family are not giving up.

“We’re go until we can’t go any longer,” Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department Corporal Matt Nero said.

Search crews headed back into the woods once again on Sunday to look for Nicholas and his blue heeler, Cole. Nicholas was last seen on Monday, April 5. His daughter, Sandra Snyder, says she felt dismayed when she woke up Sunday morning.

“From the…what the weather has brought us but also because of the timeline. But we’re gonna remain hopeful,” Snyder said.

There have been two possible sightings of Nicholas earlier this week. On Monday, a man matching his description was seen walking along the dam. Police are still working to confirm if that was actually Nicholas. The second confirmed sighting was on Tuesday.

“I believe that they described an elderly gentleman with a dog, perhaps the same clothing which he’s had, a wind breaker jacket and a ball cap,” Snyder said.

During the second sighting the man was seen with a dog.

“We do know that he was here. We have his car here so…,” Nero said.

The search began Saturday morning after a fisherman found Nicholas’ pickup truck in the parking lot at Brady’s Lake. There is surveillance video showing Nicholas driving into the park. But that was on Monday, and now his family is worried about his health.

“That could mean that he is disoriented. Dehydrated without medication at this point so if anything fitting that description, if the gentleman… He’s not odd or weird, he is just suffering from a couple of days of being in the park under this set of circumstances,” Snyder said.

Nicholas’ family also ask people to keep a lookout for Nicholas’ dog.

“If Cole comes into the picture, he’s gonna provide a major piece of the puzzle depending on his state and his location found. And that’s what we’re hoping for at this time as well,” Snyder said.

Nicholas’ family thank everyone out here searching this weekend. If you have any information about where Nicholas could be, please contact the Pocono Mountain Regional Police.

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