TOPSHAM, Maine — Topsham police believe there are some people in the community who know more about missing teenager Matthew Plutchak than they’re willing to say.
In an update about the missing teen posted on the Topsham Police Department Facebook page late Wednesday night, police described the search as ongoing.
“The case is still actively being investigated, but it appears there are people out there who may have information about Matthew’s whereabouts that are refusing to cooperate beyond saying he is fine and will return home at some point,” the department posted, in part.
“Even some of the teenagers we spoke to this morning were really kind of callous toward the school resource officer, saying, ‘Oh he’s fine, and we’re not going to do your job for you,’” said Topsham Police Chief Christopher Lewis on Thursday. “It’s not a game, it’s not funny. We need to find this child and make sure he’s OK.”
Plutchak, 16, was reported missing from his Parliament Circle home by his parents at approximately 10:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Acting on a tip that Plutchak had indicated he might go camping in nearby woods, police deployed a search team and tracking dog to the wooded area near his home Wednesday morning.
Investigators called off that search after later receiving a report that Plutchak was instead spotted on Main Street the previous night, and that he’d told an acquaintance 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.
The teen is approximately 6 feet, 2 inches tall and was last seen wearing a green sweatshirt and cargo shorts. Police urge anyone who has seen him or knows of his whereabouts to call 725-4337.
Lewis said on Thursday that police still do not consider the case suspicious, and do not believe Plutchak has been abducted. The chief said Plutchak’s father has begun posting fliers around town with his son’s picture on them.
“That’s the frustrating part of this, somebody knows where he is,” Lewis said. “If they don’t want to talk to us, at least talk to his dad and let them work something out. If you’re angry about something, there comes a time when you at least need to let us know that you’re safe and you’re OK.”