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Kenneth McCall has been missing since early Tuesday morning. On Thursday, his family and friends joined officials in the search and are hoping they will find him safe.
"We just hope that we can find him safe and wanna bring him home and make sure he's eating and drinking," said Valerie McCall, Kenneth's mother.
The Lewis County Sheriff's Office says the 24 year old McCall was last seen around 4 a.m. Tuesday walking with his girlfriend on Tidd Road in the town of Diana.
That's where a passing motorist found McCall's girlfriend in what the sheriff's office called "unusual circumstances."
Sheriff Mike Carpinelli says she was under the influence of a substance.
The driver called sheriff's officials, who came to Tidd Road and the woman told them that McCall was missing.
"The information from his girlfriend, the young lady that was found, was that she got tired of walking, her feet hurt and he was going to go and try to find some water for her," said Jim Monnat, Lewis County undersheriff.
The sheriff's office says McCall is from Lowville but is living in Cortland. He was in town visiting his sister.
Crews have been out searching for McCall in a heavily wooded area on Tidd Road since Tuesday evening. They found McCall's car five miles from where crews are looking, but they still don't have any leads on where McCall is.
"We're having a hard time right now getting a direction of travel. We were given some information and it really hasn't panned out. There's a chance he's in the woods, there's a chance he's not," said Lt. Joel Nowalk, New York State Forest Rangers.
Monnat says it's highly unlikely there was any foul play. McCall's parents are hoping he is safe and have a message for him.
"We love him and if he sees this and he thinks he's in trouble, just to let someone know that you're safe. Everyone's looking for you, we're worried. We don't know what's going on and we need to know," said Valerie McCall.
Anyone who has any information about where McCall might be is asked to contact the Lewis County Sheriff's Office at 315-376-3511.