CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) — A 19-year-old was found safe after going missing Monday in a state park in Cumberland County. Crews from multiple agencies searched through the night before finding him Tuesday afternoon.
The South Central Pennsylvania Task Force (SCTF) says Luke Rissler was reported missing at 4:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. He was last seen leaving his family’s cabin with his dog and walking toward a bathroom in Pine Grove Furnace State Park.
Rissler’s parents called Pennsylvania State Police after the dog returned without Rissler, according to the task force.
Park Manager Chris Houck said teams searched all night, but the daylight allowed them to perform a more technical search. Crews from multiple counties continued to search the area on Tuesday morning, according to the SCTF.
“This is serious and we need to work without distraction,” Houck said. “Now that it is daylight…It’s a little safer for us, it gives us better visibility and lets us do a detailed search of the area, starting from last known point and working out.”
Crews brought in multiple resources including dog teams, helicopters and drones.
Around 10:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Megan Frazer said officials believed they had made phone contact with Rissler. They paused search operations until they made physical contact with Rissler, Frazer said.
At 1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, Frazer said Rissler was located safely.
Frazer noted that officials do not think criminal activity was involved.
abc27 reached out to DCNR and Frazer for more details like the circumstances around Rissler going missing and how and where he was found. Park manager Houck said DCNR’s involvement ended after state police made contact with Rissler because he was not on DCNR property. Frazer said state police would not be releasing any more information.