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Search continues for missing Delaware County man


Saturday morning, friends, family, law enforcement and volunteers came together to search for a missing man in Delaware County. Authorities say 55-year-old Brian Burns was last seen at his residence at 1381 180th St. in Delaware County December 19th. Burns is described as 6' tall, has short gray hair and is bald on the top.

Authorities believe he may be wearing a brown coat, flannel shirt, blue jeans, baseball cap and hiking boots. Levon Smith is Brian Burns nephew. He said this is not like Burns to disappear during the holiday season.

"Holidays he is always home," Smith said. "He knows that when family comes home, he comes home. It's just not something you see."

Smith was joined Saturday morning by law enforcement, friends, family, and volunteers in a search for Brian Burns. Authorities say they hope during the search, the fresh set of eyes on hand might catch something they didn't.

Chris Willey is the president of the Snow Pioneers Snowmobile Club. He said about 15 members of the club rode snowmobiles near Burns home and place of work in search for Burns or any clues to his whereabouts Saturday.

"We work with emergency management," Willey said. "Whenever there is a need like this the club has a group that comes out and helps do the search and rescue."

Mike Ryan is part of Delaware County Emergency Management. He said this is a unique missing persons case. He said Burns doesn't own a vehicle, drive, have a license, or own a cell phone. He also said Burns doesn't do a lot of banking.

"We don't have the usual tracking methods that we would have under normal circumstances." Ryan said.

"We are conducting a lot of interviews and discussing with friends and family. We are just trying to develop a direction as to where to go, where to look and what possibly could have happened to him." Ryan said.

Authorities say December 19th, Burns had informed his brother that he was getting a ride from someone. Authorities say they are not sure if that ride ever came. That's when Burns was last seen.

"We don't know if that is actual or if that is a fact," Ryan said. "it may have been something he just said to his brother. We are not sure."

The limited search party that took place on Saturday concentrated around two areas - the Burns residence and Hart Ridge Golf Course, where Burns works. Smith said most people around town would recognize Burns from Hart Ridge Golf Course. He said Burns spent a majority of his time there.

"He's the life of Hart Ridge," Smith said Saturday morning.

Smith said he hopes through the search on Saturday his family is able to get some answers as to what happened. He said the family has been very confused.

"We are at the end of our wits with this one, we don't know any explanations. We have no clues or nothing as to why," Smith said.

Authorities said as of late Saturday afternoon they have not found any new information. If you have information that could lead to his whereabouts, call the Delaware County Sheriff's Office at (563) 927-3135

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