Family, friends search for missing Chester man

adouglas@heraldonline.comMarch 8, 2013 

Chester neighbors gathered again on Friday morning to look for 23-year-old Wesley McNinch who went missing near his home on Baton Rouge Road on Tuesday around 8 p.m.

“I got a yard full of people,” said his dad, Wesley McNinch Sr.

Authorities say the man was walking through the woods near his house when he went missing.

Police do not expect foul play, said Mary Ann Tolbert, Chester County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

The sheriff’s office has activated dog trackers and a helicopter search of the area but have yet to spot the missing man.

McNinch was on his way to a family member’s home and called his cousin to say he was lost, his dad said.

On the phone, McNinch asked his cousin to blow a car horn so he could hear it and navigate himself out of the woods.

“He never did hear the horn,” his dad said.

Three days later, McNinch has not been found and his cell phone is dead.

“I don’t know what’s happened to him,” his dad said.

The missing man is prone to having seizures, Tolbert said, and was wearing only a t-shirt and jeans when he went missing.

Cold weather--dropping to 26 degrees on Thursday night--has law enforcement officials concerned for McNinch’s safety after being outside for three nights, she said.

The area that McNinch was likely in when he got lost is a heavily-wooded place.

“But I thought he was familiar with it,” his dad said.

McNinch was a “good boy,” he said.

About four years ago, McNinch was in a bad car wreck that left him with injuries.

His son has been recovering from the wreck, McNinch said.

“He was just getting straightened out where he could get a job.”

Police are asking that anyone with information about McNinch’s whereabouts call the Chester County Sheriff’s Office at 803-581-5131.

Anna Douglas •  803-329-4068

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