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Search for missing Australian man continues in Adirondacks

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SARANAC LAKE — Multiple state and local agencies are continuing to search for an Australian man last seen New Year’s Eve with reason to believe that he could be surviving in the wilderness.

Coupled with his winter clothing and large backpack, 31-year-old Paul J. McKay’s military training and physical fitness make it likely that he is well prepared to survive in winter conditions, village Police Chief Bruce G. Nason said in a news release Friday. Mr. McKay is an Australian Army veteran.

Police continue to receive information regarding Mr. McKay, who was last seen at about noon Dec. 31 walking east on the railroad tracks near the entrance to the Federal Correction Institution, 128 Ray Brook Road, Chief Nason said.

The search effort is focused on a general area between Ray Brook and Lake Placid, according to the statement. Earlier in the week, three state Department of Environmental Conservation forest rangers and state police conducted preliminary ground and air searches between Saranac Lake and Ray Brook, but found no sign of Mr. McKay.

Mr. McKay 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.

Anybody with information about Mr. McKay’s whereabouts is asked to contact Saranac Lake police at 1 (518) 891-4428 or DEC at 1 (518) 897-1300.

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