B y Jaime Thomas
Investigations continue for a Fair Haven man who went missing in the area after a bar fight last weekend.
Jonathan Schaff, 23, has not been seen since early last Saturday morning, when he kept walking past a couple he was with and disappeared on Route 149 near the Vermont border.
Both Granville Police and Vermont State Police, who are leading the case, are focusing more on interviews and tips at this point and less on actively combing the landscape. Last week, parties from both states searched the area by foot and by Vermont National Guard helicopter to no avail.
All that showed up after several days was Schaff’s cellphone in an abandoned vehicle located at Loomis Trucking on State Route 149 in Vermont, an area where a number of abandoned cars and trucks are parked.
The area where the cellphone was found is the same location Schaff was walking when he disappeared, according to Vermont State Police.
Though investigators are planning on sending a SCUBA team to search the Mettawee River near where Schaff was last seen, deep cold and wind has been delaying the process.
Lt. Kevin Lane said he has been speaking daily with the SCUBA team leader, who is waiting for milder temperatures for diving.
“The weather is really a dictating force on it. From what I understand, once it gets so cold and windy, the equipment starts to fail and it’s really unsafe. I’m relying on my SCUBA leader to let me know when it is safe,” he said.
He said there are no suspicious leads or indication of foul play at this time.
If the dive team finds nothing in the river, Lane said Vermont Police, Granville Police and New York State Police will continue to look at the case step by step.
The Vermont State Police Criminal Division continues to work with the Granville Police Department to follow up on leads. They are interested in speaking with anyone that had contact with the victim prior to and after he went missing on Saturday morning.
Anyone with any information can call Granville police at 518-642-1414 or Vermont State Police at 802-773-9101.