Police seek info on missing village man
Village police are asking for help locating a missing 56-yearold man who they described as transient and addicted to opiates.
Frederick S. Conklin, a resident of the village with no permanent address, last was seen on foot at about noon Saturday, leaving the home of a “lady friend” at 4 Spring St., where he’d stayed for two days prior to his disappearance, Ellenville Police Chief Philip Mattracion said Wednesday.
Conklin, who does not own a car, left his cell phone at the woman’s home, the chief said. He “had a sum of money” and a backpack with him when he left, Mattracion said.
“I’ve known Freddy for a long time . ... He really doesn’t bother anybody,” the chief said, adding that police have made contact with all of Conklin’s family members and used police dogs and assistance from the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and state police to search wooded areas and under bridges Conklin is known to frequent.
Mattracion said Conklin, an opiate addict who sometimes uses heroin, has not contacted his daughter and sister, who he usually contacts “like clockwork” for a ride to the pharmacy for medication.
The police chief says Conklin overdosed on heroin two weeks ago and was saved with Narcan, which can revive unconscious heroin addicts and is used by first responders.
Conklin, who police said “may be endangered,” last was seen wearing jeans with paint on them, a yellow sweatshirt and Jordan sneakers. He is 5-foot-10, weighs 155 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes, police said.
Anyone with information about Conklin’s where- abouts is asked to call El- lenville police at (845) 6474422.