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Rescue crews continue to search for man in West Canada Creek

NEWPORT, NY (WKTV) - State police confirm they were still searching the West Canada Creek all day on Easter Sunday for an elderly man who went missing and is believed to have fallen in on Friday.

Posted: Apr 4, 2021 7:14 PM
Updated: Apr 7, 2021 12:05 PM

NEWPORT, N.Y. (UPDATED) – Rescue crews are still searching for an elderly man in his 90's who they believe fell into West Canada Creek Friday – but they are now calling it a recovery effort, rather than a search and rescue.

New York State Police say the man was not far from his home trying to throw something in the water when he fell into the creek somewhere along Route 28.

Crews have been searching for the man since Friday evening. Police found a shoe in the area on Saturday, which belonged to the missing man.

"We did find a shoe floating in the water downstream that we were able to confirm was our victim's. So we are very confident that he did enter the water and was not able to come back out," said State Police Captain Mark Barbera

A helicopter returned to the scene Monday, to fly over the creek and attempt to locate the man. Neighbors also stepping into help with the search. State Police said members of the community lined the creek looking for the missing man.

"It's a tragedy because we're a small community and everyone knows everyone and our hearts are broken for the family," said Jaime Laporte.

State police are also working with the New York Power Authority to lower the water levels, to help with the search effort.

Dive teams, a drone, K-9 units and local fire departments have been assisting with the search since Friday.

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