N.H. authorities seek for lacking ‘weak’ 79-year-old man

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Paul Stewart has been lacking since Wednesday afternoon when he left his Chesterfield residence to stroll his canines.

Thursday marked New Hampshire authorities’ second day of trying to find 79-year-old Paul Stewart, a Chesterfield resident they are saying is “weak” and with out crucial remedy. 

Stewart, who lives on Outdated Swanzey Street, was reported lacking by his household round 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, state police mentioned in a press launch. His household advised police they final noticed him round 2:30 p.m. that day when he left his residence on foot to stroll his two canines within the woods close by.

Based on Stewart’s household, he suffers from hypertension and diabetes, state police mentioned. He left Wednesday with out his remedy. 

Paul Stewart, 79, is lacking from Chesterfield, New Hampshire. – New Hampshire State Police

Stewart’s spouse, Rhonda Stewart, advised WMUR the 2 of them had deliberate to attend a golf banquet Wednesday night time — one thing her husband wouldn’t miss. After an hour-long search and with darkness coming, she referred to as 911 Wednesday night to report her husband lacking, the information station reported. 

Police assume Stewart may’ve wandered into Pisgah State Park, the outskirts of that are near Outdated Swanzey Street, WMUR reported. Stewart’s spouse advised the information station they’ve lived within the space for almost 40 years, and that her husband is aware of the encircling woods effectively.

“He’s positively an skilled hiker. He wouldn’t go off path,” Ronda Stewart mentioned. “That is very uncharacteristic of him.”

Chesterfield police alerted the general public to the search on Fb Wednesday. They mentioned state Fish and Sport officers, search and rescue groups with Ok-9 models, and quite a few hearth departments have been serving to them seek for Stewart round Outdated Swanzey Street. Authorities expanded the search Thursday, WMUR reported.

Paul Stewart, 79, went lacking from Chesterfield, New Hampshire, together with his two canines. – New Hampshire State Police

Chesterfield police have requested residents within the space to not use drones whereas the search continues.

“The vegetation is extraordinarily thick,” they wrote on Fb. “At the moment we’ve got the Nationwide Guard responding to the world with a Blackhawk [helicopter] which has the gear to seek for warmth signatures. We DO NOT need [a] mid air collision…” 

Fish and Sport officers advised WMUR temperatures within the space dropped into the 40s in a single day Wednesday, which may very well be harmful for Stewart, particularly if he’d gotten moist. Comparable temperatures are anticipated Thursday and Friday night time, in response to the Nationwide Climate Service. 

Stewart is 5-foot-6, 182 kilos, and has grey hair and hazel eyes. He was final seen carrying a blue fleece, blue denims, and a grey baseball hat, state police mentioned. The hat he’s carrying within the image above is the one he went lacking in. 

Police are asking residents within the Outdated Swanzey Street space to examine residence safety video from the final 24 hours to see if it might need captured Stewart. Anybody with data on Stewart’s whereabouts is requested to name the Cheshire County Sheriff’s Workplace at 603-355-2000.