Police continue search for missing Seneca man

From staff reports

State police in Franklin are searching for a Seneca man who has been missing for nearly two years.

Police describe William J. Ward, 33, as being about 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds, and with brown hair and brown eyes. He has a pair of tattoos: a tribal green and blue tattoo on his right upper bicep and the numbers “7.3.14” in blue ink on his left wrist.

William Ward

Police said he was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, dark blue jeans and carrying a camo backpack.

Police said he has a medical condition and was without medications at the time he was reported as missing, and that could have contributed to Ward acting erratically and possessing numerous odd characteristics when coming into contact with people.

Police said Ward was reported missing by his mother and girlfriend.

During the afternoon hours of June 28, 2017, police said, Ward was in the area of Steadman Road in Troy Township, Crawford County, and had contacted acquaintances via cellphone in search of transportation from Walmart in Titusville. Police determined Ward failed to arrive at Walmart.

Ward’s last confirmed location, police said, occurred while he was walking east on Route 408 toward Hydetown. His vehicle, a dark-colored, late model Dodge Durango, was located on Steadman Road.

Search efforts by police, volunteers and family have produced limited results, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Franklin state police, Criminal Investigation Unit, at 676-6596.

Police said all information received will be kept confidential.