US investigation of missing man handed back to Canadian authorities

Posted March 22, 2011, at 11:13 a.m.
Last modified March 22, 2011, at 2 p.m.

ROQUE BLUFFS, Maine — An investigation by U.S. authorities into the disappearance of a New Brunswick man whose vehicle was found abandoned earlier this month at Roque Bluffs State Park has been returned to Canadian officials.

Torray Wallace, 36, of Fredericton, was reported missing to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on Wednesday, Feb. 23, and an investigation revealed that he crossed the border at Calais at 11:30 the night before. On Friday, Feb. 25, his 1999 Chevrolet Lumina was found abandoned at the state park. It was a spot he and his family had frequented during summer months.

Interviews with people near the park revealed that several people spotted Wallace in the park on Thursday, Feb. 24, and that he was sort of wandering around, not making any sense.

Maine police, wardens, marine patrol officers and members of the U.S. Coast Guard launched an intensive search with no results.

“We have done what we could,” Maine state Trooper Jeff Ingemi said this week. “We used a plane, boats, divers and dogs. We checked all the waterways and the trails and nearby wooded areas.”

The search lasted five days and included contacting all area hospitals. Ingemi said that the Maine Warden Service will continue to sporadically search the coastline by plane.

The investigation included police in Baltimore, Md., where Wallace has extended family, including his parents.

Constable Rick Mooney of the Fredericton Police Department in New Brunswick said this week, “We are still looking for him,” but confirmed that there has been little or no new evidence in the case. When asked if Wallace could have left the area of the park, leaving his car behind, Mooney said, “No information has put Mr. Wallace beyond Roque Bluffs.”

Wallace is described as a black male with glasses, 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing bluejeans or brown work pants, a yellow hooded sweatshirt and black jacket.

According to The Daily Gleaner, an online news service in Canada, Wallace left his Fredericton home at around 5:30 p.m. Feb. 23 looking for work. He is a Web designer and was unemployed at the time he went missing.

About six hours later, he crossed into the United States.

Vera Dill-Greene of Baltimore, Wallace’s cousin, told The Daily Gleaner that her relative moved to Pennsylvania a few years ago, bought a house and met his wife through the church he was attending. He later moved to Fredericton.

“This is very hard because everyone wants Torray found,” Dill-Greene told the newspaper. “Everyone here loves him and we are missing him — especially his mom and dad. They are really taking it hard. He’s their only child. I hope Torray is somewhere just trying to get himself together, trying to get home. Torray doesn’t know anybody in Canada, no one in Maine. All his family is here in Baltimore.”

Anyone with information about Wallace’s whereabouts can contact the Fredericton, New Brunswick, Police Department at 406-460-2300.

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