Police in New York and Vermont continue their search for a man who disappeared after getting into a fight at a Washington County bar early Saturday morning. As Time Warner Cable News Reporter Matt Hunter explains, frigidly cold temperatures are giving first responders cause for concern.
GRANVILLE, N.Y. – A Vermont Air National Guard Helicopter aided in the search for Jonathan Schaff Tuesday afternoon. The 23-year-old from Fairhaven, Vermont was last seen outside of the Riverside Pub in Granville after getting into a fight early Saturday morning.
"We're covering an area on the roads of about five to six miles both in Vermont and New York,” said Lieutenant Michael Manley with the Vermont State Police. “We have some higher terrain and some farm fields and some commercial area as well."
Authorities do not suspect foul play. Manley would not comment on what led to the fight or say whether Schaff left alone. Investigators do believe he suffered an injury to his head.
"He did receive a cut to his head,” Manley said. “We just don't know how much that affected him."
Witnesses say Schaff left the bar and walked toward the Vermont state line near the Metawee River. As first responders aided in the search from the ground Tuesday, temperatures hovered around zero.
"For someone to be outside in this kind of temperature, they're going to be exposed and it would be difficult to be out in this cold weather," said Manley, the Station Commander at the State Police’s New Haven barracks.
Volunteers from the Red Cross setup a warming station nearby, serving food and refreshments to first responders in need of a break from the cold.
"The responders need the energy and a place to warm up and a place to get back together and talk about what's been going on," Red Cross Volunteer Gerry Ashton said.
Schaff's cell phone was found in a vehicle in the Town of Pawlet, Vermont late Tuesday.
He's described as six feet tall, 170 pounds and may be wearing a grey sweatshirt, brown jacket and dark jeans. With temperatures dropping below zero overnight, officers known time is running thin.
"We're putting a good search forward and hoping we can find him as soon as possible," Manley said.
Anyone with information regarding Schaff’s whereabouts is asked to call the Granville Police Department at (518) 642-1414 or Vermont State Police at (802) 773-9101.