ARMSTRONG COUNTY (KDKA) – The search for 28-year-old Albert Copper III from Avonmore, Westmoreland County has been relentless.
Family and friends, rescue teams, co-workers, police and firefighters have scoured both sides of the Kiski River, rappelling down hillsides.
No one believes that Copper would disappear willingly.
Not with his young wife Christie and a 7-week-old baby son named Emmett waiting at home.
“He gave me a kiss on the forehead and that woke me up and I saw him walk out the door,” Christie Copper said.
Al Copper left for his job as a truck driver, hauling water to gas well sites in West Virginia and the Waynesburg area. It was about 3:45 a.m. Thursday when he never made it to work.
“He never missed work,” Christie Copper said. “I mean, he goes to work when he’s sick. He’s a worker and this is entirely out of character.”
Copper’s Hyundai Elantra was found abandoned on a steep, muddy gas well access road on the Armstrong County side of the Avonmore Bridge with only his cellphone inside. It is less than a mile from his home.
“Albert, if you’re out there and you can’t make it home, you can call me,” his father Albert Copper II said. “I’ll go anywhere bud, dad loves you.”
Copper is described as 5-feet-7-inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds, a heavy smoker and was wearing jeans, a gray T-shirt, tennis shoes and a black Peterbilt hat.
“Anything we can think of,” said his mother Linda Copper. “There’s been a lot of people that came and volunteered their time. We don’t have a direction to go. It’s the most frustrating part and the things we do know are uncharacteristic of our son.”