4 Years Later, Police Still Seek Help To Find Missing Avonmore Man

AVONMORE (KDKA) – Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a Westmoreland County man who was last seen four years ago.

Albert Copper III, 28, of Avonmore, was initially reported missing on June 6, 2013.

Around 3:45 a.m., Copper left for his job as a truck driver, hauling water to gas well sites in West Virginia and the Waynesburg area, but he never made it to work.

“Nothing made sense of why Mr. Copper flat-out disappeared, and that’s where we’re still at four years later,” Trooper Stephen Limani, of Pennsylvania State Police.

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.

His cellphone was found as well.

Over the years, investigators released images of Copper from a convince store the morning he disappeared.

“We were able to get video surveillance footage of him in a gas station,” said Trooper Limani. “We don’t see any distress or any reports from any of the people who work there that he was under any type of distress, or any activity that took place in the parking lot.”

Copper was described as being 5-feet-7-inches tall, weighing about 120 pounds and a heavy smoker. He was last seen wearing jeans, a gray T-shirt, tennis shoes and a black Peterbilt hat.

They Kiski River near the Avonmore Bridge and the countless acres of steep terrain were all extensively searched, but nothing then and nothing since has ever been found.

“He left behind a wife and child who are concerned and miss him, and would at least like to know if there is some type of conclusion to his disappearance,” Trooper Limani said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Pennsylvania State Police in Greensburg at (724)-832-3288, or Kiski Valley (724)-727-3434.

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