Search suspended for missing elderly Washington Co. man
Authorities on Wednesday suspended their search for a missing Washington County man with dementia because of bad weather.
George Pochiba, 88, of Scenery Hill was last seen Tuesday evening.
“Numerous leads were investigated and emergency crews were hopeful that Mr. Pochiba would be located (Wednesday) but unfortunately that has not been the case,” said Trooper Stefani Plume, a state police spokeswoman.
It is unclear whether the search will resume without new leads.
“We are still hopeful that someone at some point will see him and alert 911,” Plume said.
Family members could not be reached. Pochiba's niece, Carol Logar of Washington, told Trib news partner WPXI that her uncle told someone he was going to feed some animals before he left his home off Route 40 around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday wearing blue pants and a blue flannel shirt.
Emergency rescue crews, K9 rescue units and emergency responders from around Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia helped look for Pochiba. State police also used a helicopter.
They searched in a six-mile radius surrounding Pochiba's home, including farms and businesses, and alerted neighbors, Plume said.
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