Search For Missing Man Called Off Over Hazardous Creek Conditions
SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — The search for a man who went missing after slipping and falling into a creek while fishing at McConnell’s Mill State Park had to be called off again today due to conditions on the water.
State police say 38-year-old John Latulippe, of Glenshaw, fell into Slippery Rock Creek around 9 a.m. Saturday and has been missing ever since.
Authorities say he was last seen in the water near the McConnell’s Mill Bridge.
Rescue workers were forced to call off the search by mid-afternoon on Sunday because conditions in the creek proved to be hazardous.
“At this point… both dogs had positive hits above the triple drop, the area I deemed too swift to place people into the water. So, we’ve identified the location on river right and river left. It at least gives us a general idea of where the individual may be,” said Chris Calhoun, of the Unionville Fire Department. “As the water drops, we’re going to continue to search and hopefully bring the family some peace.”
Rescuers didn’t say when they would be able to resume the search, but they hope to continue on Monday.