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Hundreds of Volunteers Help In Search For Missing Monongalia County Man

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Laurence Howard Nichol, 79 Laurence Howard Nichol, 79

The search for a missing Monongalia County man continued Thursday.

Laurence Howard Nichol, 79, was last seen around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday October, 9 on Turtle Creek Drive near Cheat Lake.

Since his disappearance, hundreds of people have worked together looking for Nichol. For some, the story hits close to home.

"It was actually five years ago this week that my son was lost in Dolly Sods for four days, and we had a huge search and rescue. So I had it particularly hard, and I just couldn't sleep last night thinking about him being out in the cold," said search and rescue volunteer Karen Allen.

Since 4 p.m. Tuesday, crews have searched for the 79-year-old who suffers from Alzheimer's. It's an effort led by search and rescue crews and volunteers who are trying to stay optimistic.

"I was at the hospital yesterday and had a procedure done. When I was here last night, the nurse that did the procedure showed up after her shift at the hospital. She went out for two hours until dark, and put in her time that she could offer, so watching people do that, it keeps you upbeat," said volunteer Randall Michael.

Search and rescue teams are assembled and sent out searching several areas.

Many searching have never met Nichol, and said they do this because it's the right thing.

"Who cares what the religion is, the race or color, creed, politics or whatever, we put that all aside and we come together, to help other people in our community, and that's one of the great things about Morgantown. When tragedy strikes, we pull together and do what has to be done to try to comfort other people," said Michael.

Volunteers could use your help too.

Monongalia County's Emergency Management Agency is asking residents within a 1.5 radius of Turtle Creek Drive to check under porches and in out-buildings on their property as Nichol may be searching for shelter.

"When you're outside, especially in the weather conditions we've dealt with over the past couple of nights, obviously someone who is out there is going to try to seek shelter if there is nowhere else they can go, or find some place that is safe or warm," said Mike Wolfe, Director of Monongalia County Emergency Management Agency.

If you have any information, please contact state police at 304-624-7573 or the Monongalia County Sheriff's Department at 304-291-7260.

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