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January 10, 2014

Family, police still looking for missing man

NEW CASTLE — The family of Christopher Story is offering a reward for information leading to his whereabouts.

New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said Thursday the 40-year-old man has been missing for five months and the police have no new leads. A reward of $2,000 is being offered.

Story was reported missing to the police Aug. 11 by his family, who feared he was suffering from mental confusion, was limping and possibly had other health problems that could have included pneumonia.

Police officers and family members formed a search party then to look for him.

Story, who has addresses at 218 S. Cedar St. and 411 Park Ave., is described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall, 160 pounds with blue eyes. When last seen he was wearing black shorts, a white T-shirt and a baseball cap.

The family is asking that if anyone sees him to take a picture with a cell phone or camera, document the time, date and exact location, along with the clothing he is wearing, then contact police at (724) 656-9300, and his parents at (724) 652-7008 or (724) 651-4984.

They also ask that the picture be uploaded to Facebook pages of “Help us bring Chris home,” “Lindsey Short Story Photog,” “Shana Story Hall,” and “Heidi Smith Story,” with the location and time of sighting, and note it as “believed confirmed sighting.”

Additional photographs of Story are available on those Facebook pages.

The family is planning a candlelight vigil and balloon release at 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the ballfields on Cedar Street, to mark Story’s 41st birthday.

They also are planning a community fundraiser called “Dine to Make a Difference” at Bob Evan’s Restaurant, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Another benefit dinner, planned for 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Gatherings on Route 422, is being hosted by his family and friends.

The money from both events will go toward raising the reward amount for Story and for raising awareness of the search, according to information posted on Facebook.

Salem said anyone who wants to submit an anonymous tip may do so on the New Castle police website at www.newcastlepd.com.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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