Police, rangers search for man missing 3 weeks

An emergency message board set up on state Route 30 near Slush Pond Road warns drivers that search crews are looking for a man who has been missing for three weeks. (Enterprise photo - Aaron Cerbone)

PAUL SMITHS – State police and the Department of Environmental Conservation are conducting a wilderness search in the Paul Smiths area for a man last seen on June 18.

Bruce K. Waite, 48, of Bangor was last seen in the St. Regis Falls area, according to Capt. Robert LaFountain, head of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for state police Troop B, and was reported missing to police in Malone on June 21 by a family member.

LaFountain described Waite as a white man, 5 feet, 5 inches tall, 145 pounds, with dark hair, a graying beard and brown eyes.

With a command station set up at the Paul Smiths-Gabriels Volunteer Fire Department, crews of DEC forest rangers, state police, DEC police, state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision workers and volunteers searched through the woods over the weekend near Slush Pond Road off state Route 30, where Waite’s car was found on Thursday, July 5.

A civilian called in about the 2004 Buick Century, which is registered in Waite’s name, according to LaFountain. The discovery of the car narrowed the search, which started in that area immediately, using foot searchers and drones. LaFountain said personal belongings of Waite’s have been discovered.

Anyone with information about Waite is urged to call state police at 518-897-2000.