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Saranac Lake police are searching for a missing Australian man

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SARANAC LAKE - Village police are looking for an Australian man who has been missing since New Year’s Eve.

Paul J. McKay, 31, is approximately 6 feet tall with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a winter jacket and snow pants, possibly dark colored, and carrying a large backpack. He was reported missing Jan. 3 by his father, John McKay of Australia, who told police he last heard from his son Dec. 30.

John McKay told police he had received an email from his son in which Paul McKay said he was turning over all his possessions to his father, leading his father to believe he may try to harm himself. He said his family was not aware that Paul McKay would be traveling in the United States, and that his son, a member of the Australian Army, may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

According to police, Paul McKay arrived at Newark International Airport, Newark, N.J., at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 29, and then traveled to Saranac Lake by Greyhound bus, arriving Dec. 30 at about 6 p.m. There, he checked into the Best Western Hotel, 487 Lake Flower Ave., and sent an email to his father from the hotel lobby at about 10 p.m.

He was seen eating breakfast at McKenzie’s Grille, 148 Lake Flower Ave., the following morning, and was seen walking along Lake Flower Avenue, which is also Route 86, at about 11 a.m. near Turtle Pond.

He was last seen at about noon walking east on the railroad tracks near the entrance to the Federal Correction Institution, 128 Ray Brook Road.

Police are asking anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact them at (518)891-4428.

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