July 24, 2020
Previous MidJersey.News stories on this search here:
WEST WINDSOR, NJ (MERCER)—On Wednesday July 22, 2020 at 8:54 pm, a 25-year-old resident was reported at missing/endangered. West Windsor Police responded, and the 25-year-old was believed to have been last seen at approximately 5:30 pm walking 3 family dogs and usually takes them to West Windsor Community Park-Dog Park. The victim’s mother contacted the West Windsor Police after “good Samaritans” found the 3 dogs wondering without any caretaker nearby and returned them to the mother’s residence.
West Windsor patrol units along with Sargent LaTorre began a search of the victim’s residence and the Community Park at 193 Princeton Hightstown Road. The missing person was not found during the initial search that night.
On Thursday July 23, 2020 another search was conducted during daylight with multiple officers and K-9 units from West Windsor Police, Robbinsville Township Police, and Mercer County Sheriff’s Office. Once again on Thursday after searching all day the person was not found.
Today, on Friday July 24, 2020 a task force of Search and Rescue teams set up for a massive search of Community Park and nearby neighborhoods. The West Windsor Community Park was closed to the general public by the Fire Police while the search continued as well as the investigation into the missing person. Patrol Sabatino who is a drone pilot and K-9 units working in unison were searching the banks of the Grover’s Mill Pond. At 2:27 pm, Drone Pilot Sabatino with K-9 support located the missing/endangered person in a very secluded (thick foliage) area. The man had been missing for approximately 45 hours. Those 45 hours included very heavy thunderstorms and extreme heat. The victim, who was conscious, was transported to a local hospital for evaluation by West Windsor Emergency Services Squad 45.
West Winsor Police Chief Garofalo wanted to thank each and every person who assisted in the successful outcome. They never game up in finding this person. Without the teamwork, incredible efforts from numerous agencies, and the usage of the latest technologies (including K-9s, and drones) this incident would have had a tragic ending.
Agencies responding, West Windsor Township Police including Patrol Division, Detective Bureau & Administration, West Windsor Emergency Services Squad 45, Princeton Junction Fire Company, West Windsor Fire Company, Fire Police, Plainsboro Fire Department, Mercer County Sheriff’s Office, Robbinsville Township Police, NJ State Police, New Jersey Search and Rescue, Mid-Atlantic Search and Rescue, Community Search and Rescue, Lambertville Search and Rescue, Ramapo Rescue Dogs, Central Jersey K-9, Mercer County Communications, Mercer County Communications Center.