New Search Planned
A tentative date has been set for a search for the North Warren man who has been missing since last month.
According to a statement from the Chief Cornplanter Council of the Boy Scouts, a search is being planned for Sunday, April 28 to continue efforts to find 69-year-old Dan Wolboldt, who was last seen on March 22 near his home.
“People have been expressing concern wanting to help out,” Buster Godden, who is coordinating the search, said Wednesday. “This is a good way to help.”
Weather and river levels will have an impact on whether the search is held.
“The water is really too high to do something right now,” Godden explained. “(We’re) hoping by the 28th it’s settled down. (It) makes maneuvering a little easier and visibility in the water better.”
The search will be two-pronged.
The land phase of the search will commence at camp master cabin at Camp Olmsted in Scandia at 8 a.m.
The water phase of the search will be by canoe “and other water craft” and will traverse the Conewango Creek, Allegheny River from the Conewango to Betts Park, and the Starbrick boat launch to Buckaloons.
When asked why those locations were selected, Godden said “they’re just logical places.” He said that the water component is a “continuation of the original search on the river” and they “want to give Olmsted a good going over.”
“The search is not being sponsored by the Scouts,” according to the press release, “but they are lending their full support by providing their canoes to Buster and anyone wishing to help search. While not officially sponsoring the search, the Council hopes that many of their adult members will volunteer to help in the search, either by land or water.”
All volunteers interested in participating in the search must be at least 18 years of age. Liability is part of the concern but Godden also said the decision is “just the nature of the thing in case they’d find something.”
Wolboldt is the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 13 of North Warren.