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Missing Newport man seems to have "vanished into thin air"

Missing Newport man seems to have...

NEWPORT, Wash. - A Newport man is missing from home off Scotia Road and the Pend Oreille Sheriff's Office is asking for the public’s help to find him.

A sergeant with the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office said it is unusual to have no information, but it's the situation they are in now. Marty Lang's son said its like his dad "vanished in to thin air".

"AT&T says his phones been turned off, nobody's seen him, looks like he came home, put the gate up and didn't even get the chance to put his cooler or lunchbox inside,” said Thomas Lang, Marty's son.

He's puzzled as to what could have happened to his dad, who hasn't been seen or heard from since Friday afternoon. He said nothing seemed odd about his dad's movements earlier that day.

Marty Lang got off of work in the morning and headed to the DMV.

"Other than that there was one person who came forward on Facebook saying they were at Hayden Super One and he was there paying his Avista bill,” said Thomas.

Marty didn't return messages left by friends over the weekend, didn't show up to work Monday and didn't drop off his beloved Chihuahuas at his girlfriends.

“That was the biggest red flag," said Thomas. "His dogs are his kids."

Friends headed to his home Monday; that's when they found his car, lunchbox and thermos sitting on the property. Only one of the two dogs was accounted for. They filed a missing persons report and began searching the property.

"At first i was kind of thinking maybe he took off after the dog,” said Thomas. But said a neighbor claimed to have seen the dog on his lawn Friday night.

Local search and rescue crews joined Marty's friends and family to search the property and surrounding wilderness Tuesday. The area is steep and brushy.

"Part of me worries he's somewhere out here, had some health problems. Heart attack," said Thomas.

The sheriff's office says there are no signs that he was taken against his will or tried to harm himself.

The local search and rescue team will continue to search until nightfall. Dogs arrived this afternoon. There is potential for more search and rescue teams as the continue looking. At this time they do not need any volunteers.

If you have information about Lang's whereabouts, you are asked to contact the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office at 1-800-669-3407.


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