Weekend Search Fails to Turn Up Missing Hunter
New Castle News, PA
Several search teams assisted by nine dogs returned to the
Shenango River over the weekend, but their efforts to find a Mahoningtown
man whose canoe capsized last week were fruitless.
Neshannock Township police led the search for 55-year-old
David "Dub" Woods of Cherry Street, who is believed to have fallen into the
river after his canoe capsized while he was raccoon hunting the evening of
After a two-day search, Neshannock police called off the
mission for the holiday, then resumed searching Dec. 27 morning when the
weather was calm and skies were clear.
They summoned help from the Neshannock, Mahoning, Pulaski
and Union Township fire departments, divers and boats from Crescent Fire and
Coraopolis Fire Departments.
Nine dogs from the Canine Assisted Emergency Search and
Recovery team also helped, and some of the search dogs were placed on boats
to sniff the water.
Shenango Valley Dam officials cooperated by holding back
the reservoir waters to lower the levels in the river so divers could
execute their mission easier.
The entire river area in Neshannock - including the banks
and nearby fields and woods - was searched throughout the weekend with
negative results, police said.
Woods and his son-in-law, Anthony Mike, had been hunting
raccoons from the canoe on the river when they hit brush and trees and their
canoe flipped over.
Mike was able to swim to the banks but he lost sight of
Woods and called for help.
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