MOUNT VERNON – Four local law enforcement agencies combined efforts Sunday in an attempt to track down a missing man on the Kokosing Gap Trail, but to no avail.
According to a press release from the Mount Vernon Police Department, Jason Wayne Taylor, 40, of Mount Gilead, is still missing as of Tuesday morning. Law enforcement officials searched the trail for him Sunday afternoon after learning he intended to harm himself.
The search began at 12 p.m. Sunday, when MVPD officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle at the Kokosing Gap Trail entry point on Mount Vernon Avenue. Upon arrival, officers found a vehicle belonging to Taylor in the lot with its door hanging open. Inside, officers located personal items belonging to Taylor, along with the keys to the vehicle.
Officers were able to contact members of Taylor's family, and one indicated Taylor was "having personal problems and had said he intended to harm himself," according to the press release.
Officers attempted to located Taylor on the trail but were unsuccessful. The Ohio State Highway Patrol's air unit was called in to assist the search, as well as the Danville Police Department's K-9 unit and deputies from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, but Taylor still could not be located.
MVPD Chief Robert Morgan said in the press release that the investigation is ongoing, and that Taylor has been listed as a missing person.
"We are continuing to attempt to locate Mr. Taylor to check his wellbeing," Morgan said. "Foul play is not suspected and there is no known risk to the public."
Anyone who has information on Taylor's whereabouts, or has had contact with Taylor since Sunday afternoon, is encouraged to contact the Mount Vernon Police Department.