COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A large scale search is underway this weekend for a missing Lackawanna County man. Ronald Nicholas has not been seen or heard from since Monday.
But some evidence uncovered, today, pointed search crews to the Poconos.
Police decided to wrap up this search around 7 p.m. Saturday evening, saying it was just too treacherous to continue. They searched for about 12 hours and used every tool they possibly could. Now, Nicholas’ family is anxiously awaiting any news regarding his whereabouts.
Search crews spent Saturday from the air and the ground at Brady’s Lake looking for 72-year-old Ronald Nicholas. His worried family was also there.
“I just want to see him walk through the woods with the dog. Whatever state he’s in, we just want him back and know that it’s gonna be okay,” said Sandra Snyder, Nicholas’ daughter.
The Clifton Township man hasn’t been seen since Monday, but a fisherman spotted his pickup truck parked near the lake. His family says there is also video of him entering lake area parking lot Monday afternoon at 4:00. But other than that, his family has been left in the dark.
“For him to go out for a walk for a couple hours, and for a couple miles is normal. For him to be out of contact for the better part of a week is very much not normal,” said Snyder.
Brady’s Lake spans 2,700 acres of woods so the search is not easy. Officials used everything from helicopters and drones to rescue dogs, grid patterns and rafts on the lake. Time is of the essence since Nicholas’ health is at risk.
“We try to stay hopeful regardless of the situation. But he is on medication, medication that’s fairly imperative for him to take daily and it’s been about five days,” said Ben Nicholas, Nicholas’ son.
“We’re trying so hard to keep the emotion out right now and just go through the actions that we have to. And the search and rescue team has been unbelievable we can’t thank them enough for their efforts,” said Snyder.
Nicholas’ family says he wears contacts and hearing aids.
“He is nearly 6’4. He is probably 220. He walks in slow and deliberate steps. No limping but you could say that it would be obvious that he has arthritis or knee or hip problems,” said Snyder.
Police plan to resume the search for Ronald Nicholas on Sunday at 8 a.m.
Nicholas was also walking his dog, Cole, when he disappeared. Cole is a blue heeler and has an ID and a flashlight around his neck. Snyder says he usually wears a red harness or collar.
Anyone with information on Nicholas or Cole, contact Pocono Mountain Regional Police or 911.