Wednesday October 10, 2012

ANDREW AMELINCKX

The Berkshire Eagle

COPAKE FALLS, N.Y. -- New York and Massachusetts authorities were searching Tuesday night for a lost hiker last seen Monday afternoon in a New York state park that borders Berkshire County.

Kyle Pember, 28, of Northborough, Mass., was last seen hiking at the Bash Bish Falls area of Taconic State Park in Columbia County. The park borders Mount Washington State Forest in the Massachusetts town of Mount Washington.

Pember is 5-foot-10, with a slight build, short brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing jeans and a light-blue checkered hooded and zippered sweatshirt. He had a dark blue knitted cap on.

The search began Monday evening after Pember failed to return from a hike. He was last seen by a family member on a trail in the Falls.

The search continued Tuesday, but as of Tuesday evening the man had not been found.

A command post was set up and rescuers from several police agencies, fire companies, and emergency medical services continue the search for the missing man with the help of K-9 officers.

Helicopters are also being used, acccording to Columbia County 911.

The Massachusetts State Police have more than 30 personnel helping in the search. The Troop B Community Action Team, the Special Emergency Response Team, Air Wing, K-9, and patrols from the Lee Barracks are assisting in the search in coordination with New York law enforcment, according to the state police.


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Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 518-828-3344 or the Massachusetts State Police Barracks in Lee at 413-243-0600.