State police, forest rangers searching Paul Smiths area for man missing three weeks

A poster shows Bruce K. Waite, 48, of Bangor, who was last seen in the St. Regis Falls area. (Image provided)

PAUL SMITHS — Forest rangers, state police and state Environmental Conservation Police 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, five foot five inches, 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 Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, state police, ENCON police, 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 July 5.

A civilian called in 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 the area immediately, using foot searchers and drones. LaFountain said personal belongings of Waite’s have been discovered.

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)

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