ADDISON – A local man disappeared without a trace five months ago, and the Maine State Police are now involved.
“It’s like he just disappeared off the face of the earth,” said Lexi Merchant, niece-in-law of the missing man.
William Merchant was age 42 when he was last seen in Jonesport around July 5. He was reported missing a few days later by his family who say they are worried sick.
“It just breaks our heart because he missed Thanksgiving with the family and now Christmas is coming,” Lexi Merchant said. “The holidays are just a little more sad this year.”
She added later, “We just miss him and love him and wherever he is I just hope that he knows that.”
The Washington County Sheriff’s Office reached out to Maine State Police for help on the missing person case and “are all working together on that,” said Sheriff Barry Curtis, of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s still open. It’s very active and we’re still trying to get as many leads as we can,” Curtis said Tuesday.
The missing man told family members he was giving a man from New York a ride to the bus station and nobody has heard from him since. Merchant is 5 foot 7 inch tall, weighs about 150 pounds and he has a tattoo on his left ring finger.
“We’ve tried to contact as many people as we can on this and we haven’t left anything unturned,” Curtis said. “We’re still actively working on it.”
Merchant’s family remains optimistic.
“We haven’t given up hope,” Lexi Merchant said. “We’re still looking for him and will continue to look for him and pray that he comes home.”
Merchant lived with his mother and typically had daily contact with her.
“If he wasn’t going to be home, he would let her know or if he was gone a couple of day he at least called her and let her know so she wouldn’t worry about him,” Lexi Merchant said. “I mean this isn’t like him at all.”
Anyone who has seen merchant or has information about his disappearance can call the maine state police or washington county sheriff’s office.