Search for missing Nanticoke man stretches into third day


LEHMAN TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WOLF) -- The search for a Nanticoke man in the Back Mountain section of Luzerne County stretched into its third day today.

Crews including a dive team canvassed the Lake Silkworth area where he was last seen.

Emergency crews were back out near Lake Silkworth today, searching tirelessly for Adam Lutz of Nanticoke.

The 22-year-old has been missing since around 11 o’clock Thursday night and was last seen in the area of the Outpost Inn – right across the street from the lake on Route 29.

Crews initially searched for three hours Thursday until about 2:30 Friday morning, before picking things back up Friday afternoon and continuing into the evening.

This morning, they began searching around 8:30 a.m.

“They’re going to concentrate on the water. We have multiple dive teams in the water with boats, sonar. We also have a helicopter on the way, I believe they’re going to be searching from the air,” Officer Harold Cain with Lehman Township Police said.

That helicopter circled several times over the lake and surrounding areas this morning and by early afternoon, several of Lutz’s family members and friends joined the search efforts too.

“They’ve been a big help for searching in this general area,” Officer Cain said.

Emergency crews, family, and friends also received an outpouring of support from the community surrounding Lake Silkworth.

The Lake Silkworth Outpost Sportsmans Club opened its doors to search parties yesterday and today, knowing they’d need a place to warm up after hours of searching in below-freezing temperatures.

And Red’s Subs and Pizza in Hunlock Creek donated eight pizzas and other foods so those searching could take a break with something to eat.

“Well they just called and asked if we would like to donate some food for the rescuers so I did. I thought I’d give back to the community,” Owner David Warner said.

Dive teams packed up around 2:30 this afternoon after searching some areas of the lake two and three times over.

More boats were sent out to search the perimeter of the lake, while others continued to scour the area on foot.

That search was expected to continue until nightfall and continue tomorrow.

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