Search For Missing Jamestown Man Shifts To The Chadakoin River

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JAMESTOWN – Volunteers, friends and family continued efforts Wednesday to search for a Jamestown man who has been missing since Thanksgiving.

The search centered around the Chadakoin River. The water level was lowered to help provide a better look at the riverbank.

“It’s very stressful. Everyday it’s less and less hope, but I keep hoping that maybe the police will find him,” said Kevin’s sister Susan Baldwin. “We’ve been looking every week, a couple times in a week. Everytime we have a chance of getting a few people together. We’ve been trying really hard to find him anywhere, everywhere.”

56-year-old Kevin Hornburg was last seen on November 22 on Prendergast Ave and may be in a confused state as he recently recovered from a coma and could be suffering side effects.

“Having the dam lowered was a great help, an opportunity we did not foresee possibly happening until spring,” explained Merry Williams, founder of WNY Missing and Unidentified Persons Network. “This was a last-minute planned effort.”

Merry Williams, founder of WNY Missing and Unidentified Persons Network, urge community members to keep their eyes and ears out for any information that could lead to Kevin.

“Of course our concern is growing without him being here for the holidays. It’s the first holiday in 56 years with the family. And growing concern between him not cashing disability checks or using any type of accounts,” explains Williams.

Time to search is drawing to a close as snow is expected, making efforts to find the man unable to continue until Spring.

Kevin’s sister is asking for the help of the community to locate a drone that could follow the river to find any leads of his whereabouts.

“Pray for us, keep their eyes open too and see if someone had to see it (what happened to Kevin),” said Baldwin.

Anyone wishing to help can also print and hang flyers around town or physically join the effort through Williams’ group Facebook page.

The group will continue their search on Saturday at Jamestown’s College Park, also known as the Hundred Acre Lot, between 10 a.m. and noon.

A prayer vigil will be held January 15 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 625 Prendergast Ave. where the man was last seen. There is a one-thousand-dollar reward for any information that leads directly to Kevin.

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