Police chief: Search for missing man scaled back

Law enforcement officials say they are scaling back the search for a Saranac Lake man who went missing earlier this month.

55-year-old Gary Sklaryk was last seen at his home on Ampersand Avenue by family members in the early morning hours of Jan. 2. Police have been searching for him ever since.

Saranac Lake Village Police Chief Bruce Nason says investigators are still reviewing any and all leads received to date.

But he adds that unless something specific develops regarding Sklaryk's whereabouts, the search will be scaled back.

"We've scaled back the day-to-day search we've been performing with forest rangers from the state Department of Environmental Conservation," he told WNBZ.

Nason says officers are conducting secondary interviews with individuals who already came forward with information.

Police did receive a tip two weeks ago about a possible sighting of Sklaryk at the St. Anthony's Catholic Church in White River Junction, Vermont.

"They are still searching there," Nason said. "They are following up on that possible lead, but they haven't developed anything new."

Nason says the public has been helpful so far.

"If anyone out there knows anything, no matter how minor it is, please get in touch with us," he said.

Sklaryk is described by police as a white male, six feet tall, weighing about 120 pounds with brown hair, brown eyes and a full beard - anyone with information pertaining to his whereabouts is encouraged to contact police at 891-4422.

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