Several factors have made New Haven police very concerned in their search for a 37-year-old missing Hamden man.
Emmanuel Ramos, whose parents have described as mentally disturbed, ran away from his father at approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday, while the two were visiting the summit of East Rock Park.
Given the bitter cold conditions expected to settle in through Friday, time is indeed running short to find a man described as being 6 feet tall and weighing approximately 240 to 280 pounds. He was sad to have been wearing black camouflage pants and a gray sweatshirt when he disappeared Wednesday.
Police first began searching the 100+ acre East Rock Park at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday. Before dark, they say there were two sightings of Ramos.
A Hamden police officer reportedly saw him from a distance, but couldn't catch up to him before he again disappeared.
And about an hour later, a New Haven firefighter said he saw Ramos running up a trail back toward the summit.
Ramos did not have a cell phone, so police could not ping it for a location. So, at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday, New Haven police received assistance from the Westchester County (NY) Police Department, who sent their chopper to New Haven to conduct a thorough search.
New Haven police say the helicopter, equipped with forward-looking infrared, circled the park between 60 and 80 times, slicing it in sections.