The family of John "Jack" Lecza, 56, of East Haven, notified authorities Thursday (March 28) of his disappearance, according to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Public Information Officer Cyndy Chanaca.
The family reported the male didn’t report home when expected. The East Haven Police issued a Silver Alert for Lecza.
Lecza is described as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing 220 pounds, and has gray hair and blue eyes, according to a statement. Lecza was last seen Tuesday in Milford, wearing blue jeans and a gray sweater.
The state police were called in to assist the search at Hammonasset Beach State Park. State police provided a K-9 search team along with the helicopter Trooper-1.
Local police also responded.
Officers believe the man may be suicidal, though they were not aware of that at the time they began searching, according to Chanaca.
Officers do not believe the male has a weapon, Chanaca said.
The officers closed the park on Thursday so as to not have the public interfere.
According to East Haven Police Department (EHPD) Sgt. David Emerman, the Connecticut State Police and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) searched the park extensively on Thursday and were planning to search again today, Friday, March 29.
Emerman said the EHPD is not involved in the park search because it is out of the department’s jurisdiction.
People who have information about Lecza are asked to call the East Haven Police Department at 203- 468-3820, DEEP at 860-424-3333, or the Connecticut State Police at 860-685-8190.
This story includes content from The Associated Press.