A Wife’s Plea

Penny Wolboldt is looking for a miracle.

The love of her life quietly disappeared more than a week ago.

Penny has not seen her husband Dan since late Friday, March 22, near their North Warren home.

“I just want him to come home and be OK,” she said. “It’s unimaginable that such a good person could vanish.”

Dan, the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 13 in North Warren, burned some paper products in his back yard near Conewango Creek Friday night. He hasn’t been seen since.

“We’re just trying to believe that he’s OK,” Penny said.

There are many people in the community and beyond who have offered their help in addition to their thoughts and prayers over the last week since Dan’s disappearance.

“I want to thank all the people who have been helping,” Penny said. “I want to thank the newspaper, the Conewango Township Police Department, the Glade and North Warren fire departments, the Chief Cornplanter Council of the Boy Scouts of America and all of the many volunteers for their superb efforts directed at trying to find my husband.”

“The people in Warren County don’t know how lucky they are” to have agencies like the Conewango Township Police, she said. “They’re so good. They’ve done everything. I don’t think there could be any tool they haven’t tried.”

The search has involved police and fire personnel on the ground, in the water, and a state police helicopter in the air. A search involving dogs is set for Saturday morning using North Warren Volunteer Fire Department as a base of operations. Officials are not asking for additional help because the presence of more people can cause “scent contamination” for the dogs.

That the search will not involve all those who are willing does not mean their willingness has gone unnoticed and unappreciated.

“My daughter and I are extremely grateful for everything you are doing,” she said. “We can never express sufficient thanks. I am also grateful and overwhelmed by the thousands of expressions of praise and prayers for Dan and for us.”

She said the news is filled with people doing bad things, but the community is filled with people who are doing good.

“I’ve had so many of his friends rally to help him,” Penny said. “You can’t believe how many good people there are in Warren County. We’re surrounded by hundreds, thousands, of people who are just doing good.”

It could be that they are trying to return some of the good done for them.

“It’s all he wanted to do from the time he got up in the morning until he dropped into bed – he wanted people to be happy and have their problems solved,” she said. “He didn’t have any enemies. He was not the enemy of anyone. He only wanted to help.”

Now, his family needs help.

“If anybody can think of any place that he might have gone, if anybody knows anything, please, please let us know,” Penny said. “I need a miracle. He needs it. If anyone deserves one it’s Danny.”

In the meantime, Penny waits.

“The last time I saw him he had a big smile on his face,” she said. “Thank God I have that smile.”