Body of missing Lewis County man apparently found in Diana


Body of missing Lewis County man apparently found in Diana

LOWVILLE — The body of Lowville native Kenneth W. McCall, who went missing in the town of Diana five months ago, was apparently found Tuesday morning.“We at least found him,” said his father, Arthur J. McCall. “We can have that closure.”Mr. McCall said a hunter on Monday afternoon found his son’s bag in a wooded area near Aldrich Settlement Road and Nelson Road in the town of Diana, prompting forest rangers and Lewis County Sheriff’s Department officials to pick up a search in that area. However, with darkness now setting in early, searchers didn’t find the body — located roughly 4½ miles from the location where he was last seen — until Tuesday morning, he said.Kenneth McCall, 24, who had lived in Cortland but was staying in the Harrisville area over the summer, was reportedly last seen about 4 a.m. June 13 walking with his 25-year-old girlfriend west on Tidd Road near the Route 812 intersection. His girlfriend reported him missing but couldn’t give a clear description of what happened due to apparent drug use; his car was found on Kimballs Mill Road in the town of Diana and his cell phone was apparently damaged so he couldn’t use it to contact anyone, officials have said.A formal search was conducted for more than a week in the area where he was last seen, and family members, friends and other volunteers continued to search informally after that.Mr. McCall, while complimentary of the work done by state forest rangers, continues to be critical of the Sheriff’s Department, suggesting they didn’t continue formally searching as long as they should and provided rangers with a poor timeline that led them to search in the wrong areas.“I had a feeling that maybe he went into the woods sooner than what we thought,” he said.Mr. McCall said family members and friends did search along Aldrich Settlement and Nelson roads over the summer, but it was primarily done by driving or walking along the forest roads and it would have been difficult to find anything off the roads with full foliage on the trees and ground.Sheriff Michael P. Carpinelli has said he understands Mr. McCall’s frustration — which he also expressed in a letter sent to the governor last month to seek his assistance in the case — but that his agency “did everything we could with the resources we had available.”Although testing will still be done with the remains, Mr. McCall said he is certain it is his son, since his bag, glasses, keys and cellphone were found within feet of each other about 100 to 150 feet off the road and the body was a couple hundred feet beyond those items.“The positive thing was he didn’t walk in the woods for days and days,” he said.Mr. McCall said he suspects his son had some kind of medical issue, like a heart attack, but said no one will likely ever know because the remains are so old and scattered throughout the area. “It would have been nice to find him sooner,” he said.However, the father added that “there’s nothing worse than not knowing,” and the remains were at least found before winter.While hopeful that Kenneth may still alive somewhere, Mr. McCall said he had expected the case might end in this manner. “For him not to contact us wasn’t in his nature,” he said.Signs were recently posted in the area alerting hunters of the missing man, and a group of eight volunteers spent a couple hours searching the area again on Friday, although they were some distance from where the body was found, Mr. McCall said. A friend brought along a drone, but it was too windy to use, he said.The family — which had expected to host an out-of-state search and rescue group in December — offered a $2,500 reward to anyone who found or recovered Kenneth. A “Help Bring Kenny Home” Facebook group established shortly after his disappearance also has approximately 1,000 followers.
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Body of missing Lewis County man apparently found in Diana

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