Search at Roque Bluffs for Canadian man suspended

Posted March 01, 2011, at 8:40 p.m.

ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine — The Maine Warden Service has suspended its daily searches for a missing New Brunswick man last seen at Roque Bluffs State Park on Thursday.

Torray Wallace, 36, of Fredericton, was reported missing to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Wallace is described as being a black male with glasses, 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jeans or brown work pants, a yellow hooded sweat shirt and black jacket.

His 1999 Chevrolet Lumina was found abandoned at the state park late Friday.

“The ground search effort has been suspended until conditions change, or new information comes to light,” Sgt. David Craven of the Maine Warden Service said Tuesday afternoon after the fourth day of searching.

“We will be conducting routine searches of the shoreline with an air scent canine,” Craven said, adding that the Maine State Police will continue its investigation into Wallace’s disappearance.

On Tuesday, five wardens and two canines, along with two Marine Patrol officers, broadened the search of the area near where Wallace’s vehicle was found. During the course of collecting more information, Craven discovered that witnesses had seen Wallace on Thursday near his vehicle, and on the road next to Simpson’s Pond.

“Summer residences and outbuildings, a local walking trail, and around the pond and a wooded area nearby were searched,” Craven said in an e-mail to the BDN. Wardens also interviewed local workers who said they had seen a person matching Wallace’s description Friday, the day that his vehicle was reported abandoned.

“All units searched this area, but were unable to locate Mr. Wallace,” Craven said. “The wardens were hampered by the deep drifted snow.”

Teams from the Maine Warden Service, Maine Marine Patrol and a U.S. Coast Guard vessel searched the area near the park Saturday and Sunday with no results.

Anyone with information about Wallace’s whereabouts can contact the Maine State Police in Orono at 866-2121 or 800-432-7381.

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