SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEEKS HELP WITH LOCATING MISSING PERSON
Elizaville, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that his office is seeking assistance from the public with locating a missing Elizaville man, 29 year old William Amato.
On December 5, 2019 at about 5:35pm, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the owner of the Dutch Hollow Farm, located on Running Creek Road in the town of Stuyvesant, reporting a suspicious vehicle parked behind one of the cow barns. The vehicle was a red Honda Civic with North Carolina plates registered to William Amato. Deputy Sheriff’s responded to investigate the call and found that the vehicle was discovered at the barn at approximately 7:30am on December 5, 2019. The person reporting believed that it was a hunter parked on his property. The barns and property were checked for the operator with negative results.
The Sheriff’s Office then received a report from a family member that William Amato was missing and was last seen on December 4, 2019 at 7:30pm. William had indicated to the family member that he was going to be gone for about 2 hours and he never returned home. William is currently residing in Elizaville, but also lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A regional missing person alert was then sent out.
Deputies continued with the investigation. Additional family members and known friends were contacted and interviewed; however, they did not see or have contact with William after December 4, 2019. Mr. Amato’s cell phone was pinged to try and obtain a GPS location, but the cell phone is either off or has a dead battery.
On December 6, 2019, Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators continued to attempt to locate Mr. Amato. Sheriff’s Office K9 units were utilized to search a large area around the farm, but William was not located.
William Amato is described as approximately 6’01”, 180 lbs, and has brown hair. If anyone has information regarding William Amato, please contact the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office at 518-828-3344