NILES Police call off search for missing man
The man was fishing with others when the outing grew into a party, police say.
By TIM YOVICH
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
NILES -- The search for a 19-year-old Weathersfield man missing since Labor Day has been called off, without finding him.
Police Capt. Chuck Wilson said a search of a pond and surrounding woods along Salt Springs Road on Tuesday and Wednesday didn't turn up Travis Kirsey. His whereabouts remained unknown as of Wednesday afternoon.
The pond is just to the west of L.W. Foster Co.'s Niles plant on Salt Springs, and is about 15 feet deep.
Joseph Consiglio, Weathersfield Township police chief, said Kirsey's mother, Deborah, called him about 2 p.m. Tuesday because Kirsey didn't return home Monday night.
A joint investigation was launched by Weathersfield and Niles police.
Wilson said Kirsey, of Salt Springs, was fishing with several young people at the pond Monday night. The outing turned into a "party" and "several people went in and out of the water."
Wilson said it was unclear if alcohol and illegal drugs were involved.
Searched two days
A search of the pond and about 20 to 30 acres of woods was made Tuesday, but called off at dark.
The search was continued Wednesday morning, but called off about 3:30 p.m. The Mahoning County Sheriff's Department's dive team could not find anything in the water. A helicopter was also used in the search.
"We're going to wait and see what happens," Wilson said. "We've done everything reasonable we can do."
Consiglio said Kirsey's mother became alarmed because her son would routinely tell her when he returned home.
Kirsey's godmother, Jodi Rhinehard of Mineral Ridge, described him as quiet.
"He's always home," she noted.