Dayton Daily News

Yellow Springs police search for missing man

Police dogs look for Leonid Clark, 26, in nature preserve.

- By Thomas Gnau Staff Writer Contact this reporter at tom. Gnau@coxinc.com.

Yellow Springs police used Buckeye Search & Rescue dogs in a search Saturday for a 26-year-old man who has reportedly been missing for nearly a month.

Leonid Clark was last seen in Yellow Springs around Jan. 13, the department said in a statement Saturday. Clark is white, 5-foot-6, with hazel eyes and brown hair, and weighing some 120 pounds, police said.

Yellow Springs officers, Miami Township fire and rescue personnel, with Buckeye Search & Rescue dogs, were checking “the area of Glen Helen Nature Preserve as this is a place Mr. Clark was known to frequent,” Yellow Springs police said in a statement.

Anyone with informatio­n is asked to call the department at (937) 767-7206.

Clark often leaves town without notifying family, Yellow Springs Police Chief Brian Carlson told this news outlet.

“However, the length of his absence without contact caused the family to reach to law enforcemen­t after exhausting their efforts to locate his whereabout­s,” the chief said. “The Yellow Springs police department has been actively looking for Mr. Clark for the period of approximat­ely one week.”

Clark was classified as a missing person Wednesday after he failed to appear at a scheduled court hearing in Missouri.

“We’re working with Buckeye Search & Rescue dogs,” Carlson said in an initial interview Saturday. “We don’t have any indication that the missing person is injured or deceased, but we have reached out to them to assist, due to the weather.

He added: “The young man frequented the Glen, and I had concerns that he might have fallen or something might have happened.”

Glen Helen Nature Preserve is a 1,000-acre park, with a 20-mile network of footpaths and trails.

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