Dog of missing man, Ronald Nicholas, found in Monroe County as search continues

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COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — There’s a new development in the ongoing search for a missing Lackawanna County man.

The dog of 72-year-old Ronald Nicholas, who was reported missing from Clifton Township, Lackawanna County has been found by search crews, but Nicholas is still missing.

He was last seen at Brady’s Lake in Coolbaugh Township, Monroe County. According to the Pocono Mountain Regional Police Department, the Blue Heeler, named Cole, was found Tuesday walking across the dam at Brady’s Lake in Coolbaugh Township.

Search and rescue crews have been focusing their attention around Brady’s Lake after Nicholas’ truck was discovered in a parking lot.

Tuesday was day four of the search for Ronald Nicholas. Tuesday’s efforts focused primarily on the dog and whether he would be able to help search teams find his owner.

They stopped around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening when it got too dark but Pocono Mountain Regional Police say they will resume Wednesday morning.

Family members of Ronald Nicholas do what they can to cope as another agonizing day of searching came up empty.

“Walking the trails and things like that just to feel like we’re doing something. But we know we need to be here to get the information we need,” Nicholas’ nephew, Mike Nicholas, said.

Nicholas was reported missing on Monday, April 5th. He was with his dog, Cole. Pocono Mountain Regional Police say his truck was found in the parking lot of Brady’s Lake on Saturday, April 10. Not far from his home.

Since the discovery of the truck, emergency services has conducted an extensive search of the Brady’s Lake area and surrounding forest.

A fisherman reported seeing Nicholas at the lake with Cole on Friday. According to police, that’s the last confirmed sighting of Nicholas.

As crews searched the area again on Tuesday, they saw Cole walking across the dam at Brady’s Lake. The discovery came with mixed emotions for Nicholas’ daughter.

“Obviously pure joy and elation but also a little bit of disbelief. You get scared, you try to prepare yourself for the worst but also stay positive at the same time,” Nicholas’ daughter, Sandra Snyder, said.

Once Cole was found, search teams focused on his direction of travel in hopes he would lead them to his owner. As night fell, there was still no sign of Nicholas. His family hasn’t given up hope.

“The search and rescue team, their perseverance is why we’ve gotten some of this good news. The fact that they’re out here day four to keep this going for us for everybody its very reassuring and we’re so grateful,” Snyder said.

The search will resume Wednesday morning. Cole was treated by a vet and returned to Nicholas’ family.

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