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Search continues for Springdale hunter

| Sunday, Nov. 20, 2005

Rescue teams suspended the search Saturday night for a Springdale man who didn't return from a turkey hunting outing on Friday.

Ard Moore Hosack Jr., 63, of Elwyn Avenue was last heard from when his wife, Cecelia, called his cell phone at 11:15 a.m. Friday, according to Kevin Feeney, chief of Worthington-West Franklin Volunteer Fire Department. Two helicopters, the Armstrong County Mounted Posse and search and rescue dogs from Indiana, Pittsburgh and Erie were called in to help.

There is no evidence of foul play, according to officials.

State police are trying to see if his cell phone has a global positioning system to try to pinpoint where he is, Feeney said.

State police found Hosack's red 1994 GMC Jimmy along Patland Ranch Road about 8:30 p.m. Friday.

The teams met in a wide clearing off Patland Ranch Road, near where the SUV was found.

At 10:30 p.m. Saturday Feeney said crews were closing the search command post for the night and crews would regroup at 8 a.m. today at the Worthington Fire Hall.

Hosack is reportedly healthy and active and is known to move around a lot when he's hunting, Feeney said.

"He doesn't just sit down for a while," Feeney said.

Hosack was alone, hunting turkey with a shotgun.

Feeney said Saturday's day-long search -- even with eight search dog teams -- turned up no trace of Hosack.

"It's almost like we're searching in the wrong place," said Feeney. "It's the area his family says he would have been but I don't know. Maybe he saw something, another flock of turkey, and went in another direction."

Crews expected to expand their search area today.

Hosack's nephew Scott Huss said the family is trying to get more civilian volunteers to help in the search. He volunteered with the teams yesterday.

"What if it was your dad or uncle or friend?" Huss said.

Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, searchers began combing the woods around the clearing near Hosack's vehicle, following the pattern they believe Hosack used when he was hunting.

The sweep covered the woods to a nearby creek, then followed a ravine back up to the power lines in the clearing and eventually led to a cement plant on the other side of Patland Road, Feeney said. The area where Hosack was hunting is hilly and heavily wooded with thick brush.

Also responding were East Franklin Volunteer Fire Department, Kittanning Hose Co. No. 1, Kittanning Hose Co. No. 6 from Armstrong County. From Butler County, fire departments from Winfield, East Butler and Herman responded.

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Ard Hosack Jr. is 63 years old, 6'1' with a thin build and gray hair. He was wearing full camouflage clothes. Anyone with information is asked to call the Worthington-West Franklin Volunteer Fire Department at 724-297-3473.

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