Search curtailed for missing Lake Placid man

"At this point, there's still conjecture as to why he chose to leave work Saturday and head into the High Peaks," he said. "If we ever get that information, we'll have to get it from Wes himself."

Streiff thanked all rescue personnel and volunteers who have participated in the search to this point.

"Even though this is not the outcome we hoped for, we did conduct a well-organized effort with no injuries," he said. "The local community has once again been great with their efforts and donations. The effort has been great."

The Lake Placid Village Police Department is leading the missing person investigation with the cooperation and assistance from Saranac Lake police, the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation, and DEC Forest Rangers.

Winchell said forest rangers patrolling the High Peaks will continue to be alert for any signs of Wamsganz, as will the State Police Aviation Unit whenever missions take them into the general area of the search.

Search and rescue training by agencies and volunteer organizations will be conducted in the area.

NPR reporter Brian Mann contributed to this article.

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