Search for Nanticoke man who ‘van­ished’ on hold

The Citizens' Voice - - Obituaries / Local / Nation - BY SARAH SCINTO STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: ss­cinto@cit­i­ 570-821-2048, @ss­cin­toCV

Au­thor­i­ties have put the search for a 22-year-old Nanticoke man who “van­ished” near Lake Silk­worth on hold.

“We’ve sus­pended the search for a cou­ple days to re­group and get a new plan,” said Lehman Twp. po­lice Sgt. Mark Li­par­ela. “We are con­duct­ing in­ter­view with friends ... we pos­si­bly will re­group on Satur­day out there.”

Adam Lutz has been miss­ing since last Thurs­day night, and au­thor­i­ties mounted a search for him af­ter a friend re­ported he had “van­ished into thin air” af­ter driv­ing around Har­veys Lake and along state Route 29 that night.

Li­par­ela said po­lice and other agen­cies searched the area and the wa­ter of Lake Silk­worth on Fri­day, Satur­day, Sun­day and Mon­day. He said the search has be­come a re­cov­ery mis­sion and they are look­ing for Lutz’s body.

“We found one boot and a hat along the shore­line in two dif­fer­ent spots,” Li­par­ela said. “They were iden­ti­fied as his. That leads me to be­lieve some­thing bad hap­pened there.”

Li­par­ela said no one is in cus­tody.

“I don’t know if it’s crim­i­nal or not,” he said. “Right now it’s kind of ‘where is he?’”

Li­par­ela said po­lice and the Ger­ma­nia Hose Com­pany dive team sus­pended the search af­ter Mon­day night.

“We just came up with noth­ing. No leads,” he said.

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