Thomas Messick

Thomas Messick_02Thomas Messick is a U.S. Army Veteran who went missing on November 15, 2015 in the town of Horicon, New York.  Thomas Messick was on a hunting trip with 6 other males in the Adirondack Mountains when he failed to meet with his hunting party on the afternoon of November 15 at a designated location near Lily Pond in the Lake George Wild Forest in Warren County.

More than four square miles has been searched with a larger area being searched by air with the aid of a helicopter from the State Police Aviation Unit.  More than 15 agencies have been involved in the search for Thomas Messick.  Some agencies involved in the search include: DEC forest rangers , DEC police K-9 unit, DEC police officers, FBI Quick Response Team, a State Police Special Operations Response Team, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office tactical team and volunteers from the New York State Federation of Search and Rescue Teams.

Thomas Messick served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. Thomas Messick is 82 years old as of the date he went missing in November 2015. Thomas Messick is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds. Thomas Messick was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket, coveralls and a red and black plaid hat.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Thomas Messick, contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers at 518-897-1300

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21 November 2015 Update from NYS DEC

265 searchers worked through the day to find Thomas Messick but once found nothing. On the seventh day of the search 28 DEC Forest Rangers, 3 DEC Environmental Conservation Police, were assisted by State Police, Albany County Sheriff’s Deputies, Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Moriah Shock Camp Correction Officers, and volunteers. Volunteers included members of the Horicon Fire Department, Vischer Ferry Fire Department, Queensbury Central Fire Department,Schroon Lake Fire Department, Lower Adirondack Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue of the Northern Adirondacks, Central Adirondacks Search and Rescue (Boonville), Hudson Mohawk Search and Rescue, Northeast Mobile Search and Rescue, Sam’s Point Search and Rescue, Oswego County Pioneers Search and Rescue, Tri-State Search and Rescue, Wilderness Search and Rescue Team, Search Team 5-1, and family and friend’s of Mr. Messick. The search effort also included a helicopter from the State Police Aviation Unit undertaking aerial searches, a State Police Dive Team searching Lily Pond, and nine staff from the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control working the search management team.

Once again Forest Rangers are requesting TRAINED search volunteers, especially members of volunteer fire departments that have taken a basic wildlands search skills course, to report to the Horicon Fire Department early on Sunday to participate in a 7:00 a.m. briefing.

Volunteers should be self-sufficient and be prepared to spend the entire daylight period in remote settings and inclement weather. The Horicon Fire Department is located at 6589 State Route 8, Brant Lake, NY, approximately 4 miles east of Exit 25 of the Northway (I-87).

Also the Horicon Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary is again asking the public who want to assist the search to bring a warm dish (stew, soup, pasta, etc.) to the Horicon Firehouse at 11 am Saturday. The food will be provided to searchers when they come out of the woods. Please call the firehouse at 518-494-3428 before bringing any food.

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