Search continues on Erie’s bayfront for missing 91-year-old man

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ERIE, Pa. — The search for a missing 91-year-old Ohio man resumed Thursday morning after being suspended earlier in the week.

The Erie County Sheriff’s Scuba Team, Pennsylvania State Police and family members of John Peters gathered at East Dobbins Landing, the site where Peter’s van was found on March 1.

A state police boat, with a human remains detection dog on board, made several passes near the dock and farther out in the bay. Sam Leo, a member of the sheriff’s dive team, said if Peters did fall into the bay, it is unclear if the current could affect the search.

“The currents are really strange in our bay here,” Leo said. “You get a heavy wind all water goes in and builds up on the west side and underneath and goes back out to find its own level.”

If nothing is found Thursday, the search will resume this weekend.

Police initially started to search for Peters, who suffers from dementia, after his 2006 Dodge Caravan was identified Sunday on East Dobbins Landing near Rum Runners. Police said Peters’ van was parked there since March 1.

Investigators are still trying to determine how and why he ended up on Dobbins Landing.

The Trumbull County Sheriff’s office issued an “endangered missing adult alert” when he failed to return home on Feb. 28. He is describe as a 5-foot-7, 155-pound white man. He was last seen wearing green clothing, according to the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office.

If you have any tips or information regarding the whereabouts of Peters, authorities ask that you contact Erie police or the Ohio Attorney General Missing Persons Unit at 1-866-693-9171.

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