Update: State Police Ends Search In the Hudson Valley for Missing Schizophrenic Man
State Police have concluded their search in the Hudson Valley for the missing 68-year-old schizophrenic Dutchess County Man.
Edward E. Lopez was last seen before 5:00 p.m. on March 14, 2016 at the Lakeview Chateau Community Residence located on W. Hunns Lake Road in the Town of Stanford. It is believed he left the residence on foot.
State Police say that information developed on Friday has led them to end their search in the Hudson Valley and continue their search efforts in the New York City area.
Officials believe that over 280 people and multiple K-9 units were utilized to search over 1,500 acres on foot. 1,000 acres were searched by air. Hunns Lake was completely searched by the New York State Scuba unit.
Captain Dominick L. Chiumento, Troop K Zone 2 Commander, stated that, “Since the report on Monday, search teams have worked tirelessly in an effort to locate Mr. Lopez,” Troop K Zone 2 Commander Captain Dominick L. Chiumento said in a statement. “Our efforts will now focus in New York City with our Troopers assigned there as well as our other law enforcement partners.”
Police describe Lopez as a black Hispanic male, 5’6” tall, and weighs approximately 140 pounds. Lopez has a large gray beard and afro. He was seen wearing a gray jacket and blue jeans.
Police say Lopez suffers from schizophrenia and may be in need of immediate medical attention.
Despite search efforts heading to New York City, Anyone with information is asked to contact Lopez’s whereabouts are asked to call State Police at 845-677-7300
New State Police were assisted by the following agencies, thus far, in their search: New York State Forest Rangers, New York State ENCON Officers, members of the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office, Westchester County Department of Public Safety, New York City Police Department, New York State Police from Troop NYC, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department, Department of Social Services, and numerous volunteers search and rescue teams from around the tristate area including: Search Team 5-1, Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue, Central Adirondack Search and Rescue, Sam’s Point Search and Rescue Eagle Valley Search Dogs, Northeast Mobile Search and Rescue, Hudson Mohawk Search and Rescue, Tri State Emergency Response Search and Rescue, New Jersey Search and Rescue, Cayuga County Highland Search Dogs.