Police refocus efforts in search for missing Presque Isle man

Posted Aug. 16, 2011, at 6:47 p.m.
The Presque Isle Police Department said Tuesday, August 16, 2011, that this Jeep Wrangler is similar to the one owned by Charlie Flint, 58, who has been missing since last week. Detective Sgt. Wayne Selfridge of the PIPD said Tuesday that police received a tip that Flint was last seen in Washburn on Tuesday evening, and they have verified that sighting. Other than that, Flint has had no contact with anyone. This behavior is out of character for him, according to his family. Flint owns a gray Jeep Wrangler with a black top, and he may have a Pomeranian dog with his that answers to the name Rocky.
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The Presque Isle Police Department said Tuesday, August 16, 2011, that this Jeep Wrangler is similar to the one owned by Charlie Flint, 58, who has been missing since last week. Detective Sgt. Wayne Selfridge of the PIPD said Tuesday that police received a tip that Flint was last seen in Washburn on Tuesday evening, and they have verified that sighting. Other than that, Flint has had no contact with anyone. This behavior is out of character for him, according to his family. Flint owns a gray Jeep Wrangler with a black top, and he may have a Pomeranian dog with his that answers to the name Rocky.
Charlie Flint, a missing PI man who police are searching for.
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Charlie Flint, a missing PI man who police are searching for.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — It has been more than a week since family and friends have heard anything from a missing 58-year-old Presque Isle man, and the local Police Department has no leads in the search for Charlie Flint.

Flint is considered to be in peril because he has a heart condition and it is out of character for him to go so long without contacting anyone.

Detective Sgt. Wayne Selfridge of the Presque Isle Police Department said Tuesday that officers received a tip and verified that Flint was seen in Washburn on the evening of Aug. 9. Other than that, Flint has had no contact with anyone.

“His family told us that it is unusual for him to go this long without contacting anyone,” Selfridge said. “He talked to his family every day or every other day. He has never disappeared like this.”

Flint last was seen wearing bluejeans and a dark shirt. He is 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighs about 240 pounds. He last was reported to be driving a gray Jeep Wrangler with a black top. He may have a Pomeranian with him that answers to the name Rocky.

Selfridge said Flint left his home without his medication or his cell phone.

“Since he left without the cell phone, I can’t use GPS to track him,” said Selfridge.

Flint also had no ATM or credit cards, so police can’t check to see if he has used those.

“This isn’t a typical search because we have no point of origin for his disappearance,” the detective sergeant said. “We know that he liked to frequent the North Woods, so the Maine Warden Service has flown over the woods and wardens are on the lookout for him. The pilot has not seen anything, but it is hard because the foliage is so thick at this time of year.”

Selfridge said the department has gotten the word out to bear baiters to keep an eye out for Flint.

He also said he is refocusing his efforts and asking the public to look out for Flint’s Jeep Wrangler. Police are concerned that Flint, who has relatives in Milo, LaGrange and Veazie, may have had an accident and gone off the road.

“If we find the Jeep Wrangler, we will likely find him, so we are asking the public to look out for it,” he said Tuesday.

Anyone with information is asked to call the department at 764-4476.

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