Autistic man, 43, disappears during regular swim in China Lake

Posted June 19, 2012, at 9:49 a.m.
Last modified June 19, 2012, at 1:49 p.m.
Wardens asked for help Tuesday as they searched for missing swimmer Tye Feihel, 43, who was last seen at 3 p.m. Monday in China Lake
Maine Warden Service
Wardens asked for help Tuesday as they searched for missing swimmer Tye Feihel, 43, who was last seen at 3 p.m. Monday in China Lake

CHINA, Maine — Authorities are searching for a local man who went for a swim Monday afternoon and didn’t return home.

Tye Feihel, 43, was last seen swimming in China Lake at 3 p.m. Monday, which Cpl. John MacDonald of the Maine Warden Service says is a familiar swim for him.

Feihel typically begins his swim at his residence on Lakeview Drive and follows the shoreline to the landing at Lakeside Country Store in town, where his mother picks him up, according to MacDonald. He never made it to the landing Monday.

Feihel has autism and schizophrenia but is not on medication, the corporal said. He is described as 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. Feihel has short black hair with brown eyes, and was last seen wearing swim trunks and a yellow mono swim fin.

Game wardens, the Maine Warden Service Dive Team, Warden Service aircrafts and watercrafts along with China Fire and Rescue and the China Police Department are teaming up to search for Feihel on Tuesday, MacDonald said. Anyone with information should contact the Maine Warden Service at 624-7076.

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