• Searches turn up no clues in Proctor, Pawlet
     | March 01,2014

    PROCTOR — Authorities continued their search for a missing Proctor woman and renewed their search for a missing Fair Haven man in the Pawlet area Friday.

    The two searches are unrelated.

    In Proctor, the ground search for Maryann Foster, 59, who was last seen Monday night, did not turn up any clues, said Rutland County Sheriff Stephen Benard.

    “Today will probably be the last day of the ground search,” Benard said. “We’ve covered the areas of highest probability very, very well. The continuance of the ground search would probably be for naught.”

    Benard said searchers have now combed the areas in all directions from Foster’s Meadow Street home.

    The sheriff said the search has extended north almost to Pittsford Village, south into the Proctor village, east to Otter Creek and west to the side of the mountain.

    Searchers also checked every garage, shed and other building they could find with no luck.

    A team from New England K-9 Search and Rescue assisted in Friday’s search, without turning up anything.

    In addition to the ground search, investigators have continued to comb through financial records, telephone records, bus routes, taxis, hospitals and every other avenue that might lead to a clue as to how Foster might have disappeared or where she might have gone.

    So far, the ground search and other investigation has not turned up a single clue.

    “In 35 years I’ve been doing this, it is very, very, rare you get a case that has no leads,” Benard said. “We’re batting zero.”

    Moving forward, detectives will continue to look for a clue that points them in the right direction.

    “We’re going to continue the investigative side,” Benard said. “We’ve got a half-dozen guys searching. We have detectives from the sheriff’s department and the state police. We’ll keep working it and we’ll see where the leads go from there.”

    Also Friday, the search for Jonathan Schaff, 23, of Fair Haven, restarted along the Mettawee River on the Vermont/New York state line near Pawlet.

    Members of the state police Search and Rescue Team, the state police Scuba Team, the state police Crime Scene Search Team and the Granville (N.Y.) Police Department, searched the river for any sign of Schaff.

    Schaff disappeared in the early morning hours of Jan. 18 after he was involved in an altercation at the Riverside Pub in Granville.

    He was reported to have started walking with a couple along Route 149 toward a vehicle parked just across the state line. Police said Schaff was going to catch a ride with the couple.

    They stopped for a minute while Schaff continued walking and when they arrived at the parking lot, police said, he was not there.

    His cellphone was found in an abandoned vehicle in the parking lot a few days later. That area along the Mettawee River is where searchers focused their efforts Friday.

    State police detectives will continue to investigate the case, with the Granville police and New York State Police handling the search across the line.

    Anyone with information about Schaff should call 802-773-9101.


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