Forest Rangers continue search for California man

INDIAN LAKE The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation continues to search this week for 71-year-old Frederick Gillingham of Camarillo, Ca. Gillingham was reported missing Wednesday, Oct. 15 from his seasonal camp along Route 30 in Indian Lake. Evidence from the camp, and reports from family members, indicate that he may have been missing since Sunday, Oct. 12. With the assistance of New York State Police helicopters, volunteers, search dogs, and professional search and rescue teams from New Jersey, the effort has concentrated on a remote area along Route 30 between Indian Lake and Blue Mountain Lake. Gillingham's car was found at the Rock River trailhead at DEC's Blue Mountain Wild Forest and an 8,600-acre primary search area has been established. The discovery of his car remains the only evidence found in the case and DEC officials presume that Gillingham left the vehicle for a short day-hike. This week the DEC issued a press release requesting the public's assistance in the hopes someone may have information about his disappearance. He is described as a 5'9" caucasian male, weighing 165 pounds with thinning white hair, a white beard, glasses, and is possibly wearing a pair of old, brown hiking boots in size 9. The DEC requests that any hiker, hunter or visitor to the Indian Lake region who may have encountered Gillingham or have information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the DEC's Indian Lake command post at (518) 648-0108, or the DEC Ray Brook dispatch at (518) 897-1300.

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