Crews continue search for missing teen

Crews are not giving up in the search for a Cumberland County teen who went missing in December.  Medard Kowalski, 17, was last seen December 1, canoeing on the Susquehanna River.  He left home to hunt deer on Hoak Island, but never returned.

Although Kowalski is nowhere to be found, search crews are not ceasing their efforts.

The Susquehanna River may be covered in thick ice, but New Cumberland River Rescue is still looking for Kowalski.  Search crews cut holes in the ice and used sonar, but there is still no sign of the teen.  It is not just the ice and cold weather that is making the search tough. Crews say it is a difficult situation, in general, but they will not give up.

“We had nothing to go by so we’re kind of like a needle in a haystack looking for him,” said Tim Stoner from New Cumberland River Rescue.  “Anybody that came up with ideas of where he might be or something, we’ve been searching those avenues.”

In the meantime, the community is doing its part to aid the search.

A few Midstate restaurants are selling bracelets that read, “PRAYERS FOR MEDARD.”  Each bracelet is $3.  You can find them at Shugar’s Philly Deli, Pete’s Old Towne Bar and Grill, and Villa Roma Pizza.  All proceeds will go to New Cumberland River Rescue.

“We all really wanted to just get together as a community, as New Cumberland, and really help this family out, the same way we’d want someone to help our families out, said Erik Eisenberger of Shugar’s Philly Deli.

Search crews said they plan on sending divers into the river Saturday, as long as the weather cooperates.

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