CASART - 32nd Activation

Lake Placid, Essex County, NY  11/24-27/10

CASART was notified by NYSFEDSAR of a request for Type III searchers & Crew Bosses to search for  Wesley Wamsganz, a 22 year-old male, from Saranac Lake, 6’3” tall, 180 pounds, medium build, blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green Carhartt jacket over a black hooded sweatshirt, a Jamaican style red-green-and-yellow brimmed beanie, and hiking boots.

Wesley had been missing since Saturday 11/20/10, last seen by fellow workers at the diner where he worked. Other witnesses said they saw Wamsganz at the ADK Loj parking lot on Saturday.

He may have been heading toward either the Northville-Lake Placid Trail. Officials found his Carhartt jacket in the search area. The search started again where the young man’s jacket was found.

CASART members responded at 7:00 AM to ICP on Meadows Rd. between Lake Placid and Keene near the Adirondack Loj. The weather was windy with snow showers. High 32F. Searchers were to be prepared for all day assignments. 

CASART Members Responding on 11/24/10, were all Crew Bosses, Mike Krumme, Bruce Knudsen, Charles Taylor and Paul Repak. Paul and Bruce were crew bosses conducting Type III searches on either side of the trail from Marcy Dam back to ADK Loj. Several family and friends were part of the crew.  Mike and Chuck joined an all-Federation crew performing Type III near where the subject’s jacket was previously found approximately one half mile south of Marcy Dam. Nothing new found in either case.

Paul Repak returned on 25 Nov. (Thanksgiving day) to lead 4 local civilian searchers on a Type I along the Avalanche Pass trail to the western shore of Avalanche Lake. Evidence of a campfire was found under a protected rock overhang near Avalanche Lake, no determination of age made. Six hours spent in active search.

Paul returned again on 27 Nov. A moderate snowfall of 6 inches fell during the morning hours. Rangers required all searchers to have boot traction hardware.  Paul led a crew of five on a Type II along the first mile of the Lake Arnold trail to Indian Pass trail junction, and then back on both sides of trail. Seven hours spent in active search.

The subject was never found and the search suspended.

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