Lending A Hand

Search & Rescue K-9 Teams Assist JPD In Missing Person Case

Members of the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team assisted Jamestown Police Department officers with the search for a missing Jamestown resident at Jackson Taylor Park Thursday. P-J photo by Christopher Blakeslee

Search and rescue K-9 teams descended upon Jackson Taylor Park assisting JPD detectives looking for a missing person Thursday.

As previously reported by The Post-Journal, Kevin Hornburg has been missing for a long time now. Utilizing the special skills and trained K-9’s with the Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team, JPD conducted a canvasing of Jackson Taylor Park in hopes of gaining a lead or finding resolution for Kevin Hornburg. Hornburg is described as being 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds. He has a tattoo of a cross on his forearm and another tattoo between his pointer finger and thumb. Hornburg has not been seen since he left his 629 Prendergast Ave., Jamestown, residence around 4 p.m. Nov. 21, 2021. A handful of local searches were organized after Hornburg’s disappearance — later described by the Jamestown Police Department as a “suspicious missing person case.”

“We’re working with Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team, out of, I believe Erie County/Niagara County, we’re looking for a missing person, Kevin Hornburg,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson, head of the Detectives Division of the Jamestown Police Department.

“Based off the information we’ve received through this investigation, today we’re walking through with two teams of cadaver dogs from Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue, and on Saturday we’ll be doing a larger-scale search with I’m told up to 50 volunteers plus police officers and additional K-9s who will be here.”

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Niagara Frontier Search and Rescue Team Inc. is a volunteer, non-profit organization which provides trained wilderness search and rescue personnel to assist New York public safety organizations and New York State Rangers in searches for injured, lost or missing persons in Western New York. Those planning on taking part in the 9 a.m. search on Saturday are asked to dress for the weather in brightly-colored clothing. Boots also are encouraged.

Anyone with information about Kevin Hornburg is encouraged to contact the Jamestown Police Dept. at (716) 483-7536 or the Anonymous Tip Line: (716) 483-8477. For those wishing to give a tip using email, you can send it to: info@jpdny.com or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/jamestownpolicedepartment.

Merry Williams-Diers with WNY Missing & Unidentified Persons said the goal of the upcoming community effort is multi-fold. Hornburg’s status as a missing person was largely spearheaded by Williams-Diers, who routinely shares information on unsolved crimes and missing person cases across Western New York through her Facebook page.

“To find items belonging to Kevin Hornburg, Kevin himself, or any evidence that may indicate where Kevin ended up after his disappearance,” she told The Post-Journal recently.


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