January 16, 2018
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Police continue efforts to locate missing Topsham teen

By Beth Brogan, BDN Staff
Courtesy of Topsham Police Department | BDN
Courtesy of Topsham Police Department | BDN
Matthew Plutchak

TOPSHAM, Maine — Topsham police on Wednesday continued to ask for help in finding 16-year-old Matthew Plutchak, who was reported missing from his home on Parliament Circle late Tuesday night.

Police and game wardens searched with a tracking dog in the woods behind Plutchak’s home on Wednesday morning after receiving a report that he had told friends he planned to head out on trails and possibly camp out, Topsham Police Lt. Mark LaFountain said Wednesday morning. His parents reported him missing at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.

But mid-morning on Wednesday, police called off the search of the trails after receiving a report that a person who knows the teen spoke to him at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday on Main Street. Plutchak allegedly told that person that he was waiting to be picked up by someone.

At about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sagadahoc County Communications used a reverse-911 call to alert Topsham residents to be on the lookout for Plutchak, according to Officer Mark McDonald.

McDonald said police had received new information, but nothing to cause them to label the case as suspicious at this time.

The teen is approximately 6 feet, 2 inches tall and was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt and cargo shorts. Police ask anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts to call 725-4337.


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