Search for missing man near Eagle Marsh suspended

Police search an area off Engle Road near Eagle Marsh for a missing man on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Police with a search dog canvassed land near and around Eagle Marsh off Engle Road after a missing man’s pickup was spotted alongside the road mid-afternoon Thursday.

The pickup truck of a missing man is shown abandoned off Engle Road on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.
The pickup truck of a missing man is shown abandoned off Engle Road on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017.

Fort Wayne Police and Indiana State Police, along with a search-and-rescue dog and a search helicopter, were searching grasslands just off Engle Road around 3 p.m. Thursday after a red Chevrolet S-10 was found abandoned on the shoulder of the road. The search was suspended for the night just after 5 p.m. Thursday.

Matt Smith, who described himself as a friend, identified the missing man as Johnny Hall, an outdoorsman who hunts, fishes and traps. Police have not confirmed that identity, though Fort Wayne Police spokeswoman Bridget Glaser said the man has animal traps set in the area and that he could have stopped to check them before he went missing.

The search began when the man didn’t show up to work early Thursday, Glaser said.

Glaser said they do not suspect foul play was involved in the disappearance of the man.