By MORGAN MANNS
FOR THE COURIER
FOSTORIA — Fostoria community members are rallying together in search of a local man who has been missing for nearly a month.
Loved ones of Dallas “Tim” Critchet, 38, of Arcadia, who was last seen July 19, are asking citizens to join a search party of the area surrounding Fostoria on Sunday.
Organizers have indicated the search will begin at noon at Venue 18, 11295 Ohio 18, and will cover the outskirts of the city.
“We don’t think he’ll be in town anywhere,” said Mandy Blair, search party organizer. “With the cleanup of the storm that just went through (and the help already from Fostoria’s police) it’s likely someone would have seen something by now.”
“People can show up at any time to join in on the search,” Blair said, explaining that participants who show up later in the day will be assigned to a team.
Venue 18, which has donated its facility, will be open for searchers to return to when they get hungry, hot or tired. Businesses in Arcadia have donated water, hot dogs and chips for the search parties.
The search is scheduled to conclude at 6 p.m., but people may leave at any time.
Fostoria Police Chief Keith Loreno said the Fostoria Police Division is aware of the missing person and has already been involved in the search to find him.
Organizers have informed the Wood, Seneca and Hancock County sheriff’s offices as to their intentions of searching in the counties.
“We want people to be aware too so that if you live around Fostoria and you see people out wandering around or there’s people knocking on your doors asking to go on private property, you know what’s going on,” Blair said.
According to Blair, search parties have already checked and cleared areas in and around Arcadia.
Critchet has short brown hair and brown eyes. As of his disappearance, he had a mustache and a goatee. He is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. He could be wearing a neon green/reflective striped safety shirt, gray cargo shorts and black shoes.
He was last seen in the Arcadia area, or walking in the area of Hancock County 254, Hancock County 109 and Washington Township 218.
He was scheduled to work the evening of July 19, but did not arrive. He has not been seen or heard from since.
“It’s just very unusual behavior for him. He’s very close to his family, especially his parents,” said Blair, a close friend. “His friends and family are asking the community to come out and show their support. His family needs some answers.”
Anyone with information about Critchet’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office.