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Seth Kilburn search covers neighborhoods, waterways

August 17, 2012
By CHRIS MORRIS and CHRIS?KNIGHT - Staff Writers , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - Police and volunteers will go door-to-door through the village today as the search for Seth A. Kilburn continues.

Police Chief Bill Moore told the Enterprise this morning that nine teams have been assembled to search village neighborhoods, beginning in the area where Kilburn was last seen.

"Each team will have a uniformed police officer with them, and they'll be going on a door-to-door search, basically handing the person a flyer and asking if they don't mind if we search their property," Moore said. "We'll be all over in and around the village of Lake Placid and some places in the town of North Elba."

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Lake Placid’s Power Pond was drained Thursday to make it easier for search parties looking for Seth A. Kilburn, who has been missing since early Sunday morning.
(Photo — John Eldridge)

On Thursday, eight crews of four to seven people were out searching for the 34-year-old Lake Placid man. They covered several different areas, including Power Pond, Sentinel Road, River Road and trails near the Lake Placid Club Golf Course, the Lake Placid Cemetery and Cascade Acres trailer park.

Kilburn was reported missing by his parents early Monday morning. He had been with friends at Wiseguys bar on School Street and left sometime between 12:30 and 1 a.m.

The last confirmed sighting of Kilburn was shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday on Sentinel Road near Lisa G's restaurant. Police said he was walking in the direction of the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex.

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Seth A. Kilburn, 34, of Lake Placid, is a white male, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing 195 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue and white striped polo shirt and tan or khaki colored shorts. He also wears glasses.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 518-523-3306, or Tony and Celeste Kilburn at 518-523-9716.

Members of the state police Mobile Response Team joined the search on Thursday, as well as several investigators from the state police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Moore said MRT personnel are searching some of the more difficult terrain.

"What we call a Type 3 search," he said Thursday, "which is something where you could find a pair of glasses or some small item: It's a very meticulous search.

"We've got a lot of assistance from the forest rangers again today," the chief added. "I think we have four or five rangers assigned to us today. They've been assisting different crews with different search areas."

Lake Placid Fire Driver Matt Colby said this morning that the Adirondack Technical Task Force, based in Saranac, will be in the area today to help out. They'll use underwater cameras to search Upper Mill Pond, Colby said.

Moore said three BCI investigators were reviewing videos from surveillance cameras around the community to try to establish more leads. Village police had already looked at videos, Moore said, but to no avail. He said there's been no activity on Kilburn's credit card, and he didn't own a cell phone.

"Unfortunately we haven't had any solid leads," Moore said. "He just vanished on Saturday night or Sunday morning."

At this point police don't believe foul play is involved in Kilburn's disappearance.

Moore asked the public to check places that haven't been searched and to report anything unusual to police.

"Your campers, your outbuildings," he said, "any caretakers: check your vacant properties. Check your vacation rentals. And look around in those backyards that you normally wouldn't, in places you normally wouldn't. The possibility exists that he may have stumbled in a hole, broke an ankle - we don't know."

A command post has been established at the Lake Placid fire station. Volunteers who want to help with the search are asked to check in there.



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