Sightings of missing teen continue

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department continues to receive reports of sightings of Anthony “Tony” Pittman, a teenager missing since May 29, the sheriff said Friday.

“We don’t have anything confirmed,” Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said, “but that, to me, is encouraging that, hopefully, he’s safe and healthy.”

Fletcher said the sightings have been in Hancock County and as recently as Wednesday or Thursday.

“We try to run it down as quickly as we can,” he said.

Pittman, 16, a student at Oak Glen High School, has been missing since May 29, when he didn’t show up for school. Posters asking for help in finding Pittman started going up the next day.

The posters say Pittman, who has brown hair and brown eyes, was last seen wearing a bright green T-shirt with a Rubik’s Cube on the front and dark grey pants.

Since then, deputies have been interviewing friends, fellow students, relatives and acquaintances of Pittman’s in the hopes of getting leads as to his whereabouts.

On June 5, an organized search involving about 40 people, a helicopter and a K-9 unit was unsuccessful in locating Pittman in a wooded area just north of New Cumberland.

Fletcher said reports of sightings have been coming secondhand from “people actively trying to locate him, and they’re aware.”

It may be the case that Pittman does not want to be found, he said.

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