Police release sketch of man being sought in the disappearance of Rachael Mattice

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JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police released a sketch of a man in their ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Rachael Mattice.

The man is described as Caucasian, in his middle to late 50s, approximately 6′ tall, having brown eyes, gray hair, full beard, and weighing 200 to 250 pounds. He was not wearing glasses and was last seen wearing jeans with a navy blue t-shirt.

Police said he was also described as having an odor of being a smoker. No scars, marks, or tattoos were noted in Mattice’s description of the man.

Earlier Tuesday, the Johnstown Police Department asked residents who have home surveillance video systems in the areas of West Main Street, Cayadutta Street, Warren Street, Wells Street, Burton Street, and West State Street to report any suspicious activity between the hours of 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. on July 6.

Mattice went missing from her campsite in Wells in June, which sparked a massive search from law enforcement and the community. Her family held vigils hoping to spread the word and bring their family member back home.

She returned home on July 6. At that time, police said they were following up on around 300 leads. They talked to ex-boyfriends, friends and family members.

“We now have a lot of leads to follow up on, and hopefully, find out who’s responsible for this,” Capt. Robert Patnaude of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office said. “She indicates that she was held against her will.”

Friends and family members of the 24-year old were frustrated at the thought of someone taking her away.

“Why would someone do that?” Mary Calder wondered. “I don’t understand why somebody would do that to another person.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 548-3113.

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