State police will search a wooded area behind the Price Chopper supermarket on Route 50 on Sunday in connection with a missing person case from nine years ago.
According to a state police news release, police will search starting at 9 a.m. for clues in the disappearance of Craig A. Frear, a student at Scotia-Glenville High School who went missing at the age of 17. This summer marks the ninth anniversary of his disappearance.
He disappeared after visiting a female friend at Cambridge Manor in Scotia and was last seen walking along a footpath toward the railroad tracks.
The disappearance was immediately reported by his parents, but authorities delayed alerting the media because they suspected he had ran away from home and thought news coverage would drive him farther away.
Sunday’s search will be conducted by volunteers from Northeast Mobile Search & Rescue. They have helped state police and forest rangers with other searches in the past. Frear’s brother, Matthew Frear, will also be involved.
Police say they have continued to investigate the disappearance in the years that followed, with interviews of family members, co-workers, neighbors and classmates.
In the spring of 2012, more than 60 people scoured along the Mohawk River, a search prompted by the discovery of a jawbone between locks 9 and 10. Even though forensic analysis confirmed the bone was not Frear’s, a search was still initiated. Before that, the area had been examined in 2009.
Frear’s family has posted a $10,000 reward for information that helps to find him.
Anyone with information about Frear is asked to call state police at 783-3211 or 630-1700.