Press-Republican

September 20, 2013

Teams still searching Dix for missing man

By KIM SMITH DEDAM
Press-Republican

---- — KEENE — Authorities searching Dix Mountain Wilderness have found no sign yet of a missing Massachusetts man.

State Police on Friday were again asking the public for help.

“We’re looking for new leads, and we’re asking the public for help,” State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman told the Press-Republican.

Authorities do not suspect foul play is involved in the case.

On Sept. 10, police from Chicopee, Mass., contacted State Police here to report Scott Haworth, 46, was missing.

Chicopee Police had traced a check he had written to Keene Valley Grocery on Sept. 5. And a clerk at the store was able to verify Haworth had been there, authorities said.

Working with Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers, police found Haworth’s red Ford Escort in the parking area at the Round Pond trailhead.

He signed the log book there on Aug. 30.

“Haworth is an experienced hiker who frequently hikes alone. He is a white male, 46-years-old, is 6 feet tall, weighs 165 pounds and has brown hair and blue eyes,” Fleishman said in a news release.

The search this week focused on rocky areas around the Dix slide, around Round Pond trails, and continued along what Fleishman said are “high probability” areas.

There are some 50 miles of trails in the Dix Wilderness and numerous primitive camping sites.

State Police deployed a Special Operations Response Team (SORT), canine teams, and have used police aviation support with a helicopter. DEC has had about 10 forest rangers searching the wilderness area.

But, so far, they have found no sign of Haworth.

State Police and forest rangers are asking anyone who may have seen Haworth or any items that may belong to the lost hiker to call the State Police in Ray Brook at 897-2000.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com