The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 20, 2014

No sign of missing runner

Search draws 90 to 8,000-acre forest

— NATALIE — About 90 people, professionals and volunteers alike, and three teams led by search dogs continued looking Friday in Weiser State Forest for a Point Township man, missing since he told his family Wednesday he was going for a run at the Northumberland County forest area.

The Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry officially oversees the search that went into Friday afternoon for 54-year-old Michael Kenney, whose family reported missing after he failed to return from reportedly going running at the forest, as he did many times before.

Because the search has gone into a third day, the Type 3 Incident Management Team of nearly 20 personnel from the Bureau of Forestry is officially commanding the combing of the 8,000-acre forest that spans Northumberland and Columbia counties, said Robert Kurilla, assistant district forester for the Weiser Forest District Resource Management Center.

Searchers were called out of the forest Thursday night after nearly 24 hours of looking for Kenney, whose Honda sedan was found at a parking lot near the Bear Gap Reservoir on the western end of the forest, close to the entrance from Route 54 outside of Elysburg. The car unlocked with its keys in the ignition. About 10 people patrolled drivable roads around the forest overnight, Kurilla said.

Kenney was last seen wearing a yellow polo shirt and khaki pants, his son Ryan Kenney posted on a Facebook page, “Searching for Mike Kenney.”

Ryan Kenney appeared to be coordinating a team of volunteers to look for his father, who is 6-feet 1-inch tall and of thin build. A regular runner, Kenney is said to be in sound physical condition and was not under any known mental distress, Kurilla said.

“I’m sure many of you have heard that my dad is missing,” Ryan Kenney posted on Facebook, inviting those interested to join in a search for his father on Friday at the Shamokin Reservoir near Bear Gap Road near Elysburg. “Please continue to pray,” Ryan added.

Type 3 Incident Management is a standing team of trained personnel from across Pennsylvania that aid in such emergencies. Point Township Police are coordinating the investigation as Kenney is a township resident.

Coal Township Police are assisting because the Northumberland County portion of Weiser is in the township. The forest also extends into Mount Carmel Township, whose police force also is in the search, as are state police at Stonington.

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