FREELAND, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The search for a missing Luzerne County man continues.
Volunteers teamed up to hit several areas where the man was often seen, trying to bring him home. Freeland police, fire, volunteers and other agencies came dressed in bright orange for another search of 72-year-old Ronald Burns. Burns disappeared from Freeland on May 28th, and there was a search shortly afterwards but he hasn’t been seen since then.
“Right now in, particular, we’re coming into winter weather so we want to make sure to get out there before the conditions get too difficult for search teams,” Northeast Search and Rescue assistant chief Nina Sorochynskyj said.
Volunteers split into groups and combed through the wooded areas of Highland, Sandy Run and Woodside in Foster Township. They are all places Burns was known to frequent.
“Now that the leaves are down, we’ll have to do some walking. Make sure that he’s not unfortunately laying somewhere. It’ll probably be a little easier to see distance-wise,” Freeland Fire Department fire chief Joseph Stepansky.
Burns is a white male, about 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighs roughly 150 pounds. He may be wearing a striped shirt and black pants seen pictured here.
Matthew Krone was a part of the original search and says they hope to finally bring Burns home.
“The most important thing again is bringing closure to the family one way or the other, but hopefully it’s a good result instead of a bad one,” Krone said.
Crews called off the search Sunday afternoon and did not locate Mr. Burns or any evidence of his whereabouts. As of now, police don’t suspect any foul play. Anyone with information or is asked to contact law enforcement immediately.
There’s no word yet if Freeland Police will conduct another search for Mr. Burns in the spring.