2017-02-09 / Front Page

Deputies, wardens search for missing West Newfield man

Senior Staff Writer

WEST NEWFIELD — York County Sheriff’s deputies and Maine wardens are looking for a missing West Newfield man last seen in the woods behind his Stone Road home Friday afternoon.

King at mid-morning today said deputies and wardens with dogs searched the area until 3:30 a.m. Searchers returned to the woods this morning, but heavy snowfall meant a suspension of the search for John Sciaba by mid-morning.

The sheriff said Sciaba was last seen walking in the woods behind his 96 Stone Road home Friday afternoon. He said Sciaba is an outdoorsman and is known to enjoy spending a night or two at a stretch in the woods, but the length of time since he has been seen is unusual.

“Mr. Sciaba is an experienced outdoorsman but has never been missing for this amount of time,” said King in a prepared statement issued at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. He said deputies and wardens conducted a conducted a ground search and utilized a Maine Warden Service aircraft to no avail.

The sheriff the agency is looking for information from the public but cautioned against a public search.

“The sheriff's office is not asking for anybody to conduct their own search — we only want information,” he said. “Let the experienced deputies and game wardens conduct the search. Again, do not conduct your own search.”

 Sciaba is 5-feet, 10-inches tall, and weighs about 180 pounds He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue fleece jacket and hiking boots.

Anyone who has seen have seen or heard from Sciaba or has any information about his whereabouts is asked to contact York County Sheriff's Office at 324-1111 or any law enforcement agency.

Look for updates to this story as information is released at journaltribune.com.

— Senior Staff Writer Tammy Wells can be contacted at 324-4444 (local call in Sanford) or 282-1535, ext. 327 or twells@journaltribune.com.

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