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Schoharie Co. Sheriff: Missing Long Island man found in Gilboa after search

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GILBOA – An overnight search for a missing injured man from Long Island ended Monday morning as the man was found walking along a road, Schoharie County Sheriff’s officials said.

The man was taken to Albany Medical Center for injuries to his hand he suffered before the start of the incident, officials said. No other injuries were reported.


The incident began at about 11:25 p.m. as a caller reported a man at a residence in the Town of Blenheim needed paramedics for an apparent traumatic hand injury, officials said.

But, as the resident called 911, the man, identified as William R. Mecca, 24, left the residence on foot. Responding deputies and state police found a car registered to the man, but he was nowhere to be found.

A search ensued with the help of the sheriff’s office, state police and state police aviation, along with many other agencies.

Then, at 9:14 a.m., a resident in Gilboa reported seeing a man matching the description on Kingsley Road. Patrols and EMS responded and, a short time later, the man was taken without incident to Albany Med.

The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed.

Among the others who responded to assist were canine patrols from the Cobleskill Village Police, state Division of Homeland Security and Albany County Sheriff’s Office.

Schoharie County Search and Rescue, Schoharie County Office of Emergency Services, Schoharie County EMS, Middleburgh EMS, state forest rangers, and Blenheim fire and Grand Gorge Fire. Manpower from multiple other departments also responded.

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