WEST NEWFIELD (WGME) – A race against time in York County as searchers hunt for a missing man. John Scabia of Newfield disappeared last Friday.
At mid morning today, York County Sheriff Bill King suspended the search in West Newfield, because of the snowstorm and near white out conditions.
Sheriff King stated “We’re very concerned for his safety right now.”
King said Wednesday they searched by air and on foot for John Scabia, 34, who was last seen on Friday, Feb. 3, leaving home to go camping in the woods behind his house.
“He went out camping, which is not unlike him. He’s an extreme camper. However, according to his girlfriend, he’s never quite been out this long. And we’re concerned that he doesn’t have all the equipment.” added Sheriff King.
They did find some signs of him. Sheriff King said “We found a couple of places where it looks like he had set down and camped overnight, or camped out.”
Deputies tried to launch a drone this morning, but it was too windy and snowy. “It’s a heavily wooded area.” stated King.
Sheriff King stated the cell phone Scabia had with him is no longer working, so they won’t be able to find him that way. He’s hoping local snowmobile clubs join in the search once the storm passes. And he wants to make sure no one goes out looking on their own.
He stated “There is always a chance that he could have fallen, that something could have happened that he wasn’t anticipating.”
The search is that much more difficult, because it will cover up any tracks and scent for the dogs to follow.