JONESBORO, Maine — Family members and friends of missing Jonesboro resident Charles “Leckie” Fagonde, 74, who has not been seen since last Friday, started a ground search Tuesday.
“We had at least 50 people show up at 8 a.m., and since then we have run into many more that are helping search,” Chris Beal said. More than 25 cars, each with at least two people inside, spread out across the county searching for Fagonde.
Fagonde is the cousin of Beal’s mother, and Beal said the man had a great deal of extended family in the Jonesport-Beals area.
The volunteers were spread from Bangor to Calais, searching roadsides, dirt roads and parking lots. Beals said the search included Routes 1 and 9 and roads leading off those highways.
“We sure appreciate all this help,” Beal said, adding, “We’ve been to Brewer, Clifton, Cherryfield. We found nothing.”
Fagonde, who lives in an assisted living complex in Jonesboro, last was seen five days ago at Elmer’s Country Store in Columbia Falls. He told acquaintances there early Friday evening that he was driving to the Eagles Club in Brewer.
Fagonde has not been seen since then, and missed a doctor’s appointment in Bangor on Monday, according to Maine State Trooper Andrew Foss, who is leading the police investigation.
Fagonde is described as a white male, 6 feet tall, 240 pounds, blue eyes, short gray hair and wearing glasses. He was operating a white Mercury Marquis with a lobster license plate 503AAC. It has a Boston Red Sox decal on the driver’s side window.
The Maine State Police are leading the investigation.
Jeff Currier of the Maine Forest Service headquarters in Jonesboro said Tuesday that his rangers have been briefed on Fagonde’s disappearance and are searching while on regular patrol. Members of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department also are on the lookout.
“This is a very strange situation,” Sheriff Donnie Smith said Tuesday. “The problem is we don’t even know where to start looking.”
Anyone who might have information about Fagonde’s whereabouts is asked to the call Troop J, Maine State Police, 667-5697.