LATHAM, N.Y. – The wooded area behind the Glenville Price Chopper was scene to a search party Sunday in connection to the disappearance case of a local 17-year-old almost nine years after he went missing.
June 27th will mark the ninth anniversary of the disappearance of 17-year-old Craig Frear, a student at Scotia-Glenville High School who was to be captain of the soccer team in his senior year. He was last seen on June 27, 2004 in Scotia, as he walked into the woods after leaving a friends house.
"I still go in his bedroom and you know like smell his clothes just to feel that closeness to him," Craig's mom Veronica Frear said. "And you play it over and over again, what did I miss?"
The day Craig disappeared his family discovered he had not been to his job at Price Chopper for two months. That same day witnesses saw him walking into the woods not far from his home and then he was never seen again.
"Somebody knows something out there," Veronica said.
Officials investigating his disappearance continue to interview family members, co-workers, neighbors, classmates, and close friends. Craig had no vehicle or means of support at the time of his disappearance, and police have not ruled out foul play.
Craig's older brother Matt was among the many volunteers searching for Craig on Sunday.
Volunteers did turn up bones found in the woods, however officials determined Monday they were animal remains. Police say it's not unusual for bones to turn up during searches.
"We don't have evidence either way that the outcome doesn't look good," Matt said. After searching for hours, Matt came home desperately searching for answers.
"We'll take any lead," he said. "He's got a family and we want him back. "
Frear was described as 5'11, 190 pounds with red hair and brown eyes at the time of his disappearance. He was wearing blue jean shorts, a white long sleeved t-shirt, and Adidas sneakers with three black stripes, and he may go by the nickname Craiger.
"Maybe I'll come home some day and he'll be sitting in the driveway or at the kitchen counter," Veronica said. "I don't care if it's 25 years from now, I will continue to look for my son."
The search was conducted by volunteers of NEMSAR (Northeast Mobile Search and Rescue) who have assisted the State Police and New York State Forest Rangers with searches in the past. Craig's brother Matthew Frear, was also assisting with the search.
Family members have put up a $10,000 reward for information leading to the discovery of Craig's whereabouts and they along with law enforcement are appealing to the public to search their property for any signs of his disappearance.
Anyone with information on Craig Frear's whereabouts is asked to call the State Police Major Crimes in Latham at (518) 783-3211 or State Police Princetown at (518) 630-1700.
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