Search continues for Parma man, missing under ‘highly suspicious’ circumstances

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PARMA, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office say the search for missing Parma man William Mason continues on Wednesday.

Mason, 69, is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and 165 pounds. He has greyish hair, blue eyes and a scar on his right eye.

According to officials, Mason was last seen on Tuesday, May 25 at 10:30 a.m. near his home in the Town of Parma.

According to Mason’s family, they say his disappearance is unusual and suspicious.

“Family believes the circumstances involving the missing person are relatively suspicious or unusual because his car is still at the residence and he doesn’t typically go anywhere without letting a family member know,” said Major Lou Tomassetti, with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.

Major Tomassetti said Mason is in fairly good health, but does walk with a limp.

“We want to rule everything out. Right now our main focus is on his welfare, and if he had some medical condition or something where he may have wondered off, fell down, like I said it’s really rough back there behind the residence, so he could be in need of medical condition right now so that’s our primary focus right now is getting him, if he is in fact, behind his residence somewhere, getting him help that he may need,” Major Tomassetti said.

Officials from the sheriff’s office concluded the physical grid search of the property in and around Mason’s home on West Ridge Road on Friday.

“We’ve got deputies and fire department personnel conducting a ground search, we’ve got K9’s, drones,  ATVs, mounting units as well to assist in searching. It’s a rather large piece of property, the terrain is a little bit rough back there so I anticipate this is going to take most of the day,” Major Tomassetti said.

They say the investigation into his whereabouts “continues to be considered highly suspicious with extenuating circumstances.” Officials say they have transitioned into the next phase of the investigation which includes the Criminal Investigation Section to follow up on leads and evidence while search efforts continue on the ground.

The MCSO has set up a tipline for Mason. Call 585-753-4175 if you have any information.

“We are absolutely devastated by the disappearance of our Father,” said a statement from Mason’s son and daughter in law Thursday. “We ask that if anyone knows anything or has seen him or spoke to him in the last couple of days to contact police. We are praying for a safe return of our beloved Father, Bill Mason.”

This is a developing story. News 8 WROC will provide updates as they become available.

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