Swatara Township, Dauphin County—
A massive search on Tuesday ends with no signs of a Lebanon
man missing since September 8th. 55 year old Hamdy Mahmoudhassanein Mohamed, was apparently swept away by rising flood waters from the Swatara Creek as he was attempting to cross the Route 72 bridge during Tropical Storm Lee
. A canine
team from the Federal Bureau of Investigation
along with Harrisburg
River Rescue, assisted by Pennsylvania State Police searched 10 miles of the Swatara Creek and shoreline for hours on Tuesday.
Another search is scheduled for this Friday.
"I would personally like to thank the FBI Canine Team, Perseverance Fire Company from Jonestown, the Pennsylvania National Guard Aviation Unit at Fort Indiantown
Gap, and Harrisburg River Rescue for their outstanding efforts in searching for Mohamed, said Sergeant Paul Gaspich, PSP
Jonestown station commander. "I want to note that both Perseverance Fire Company members and Harrisburg River Rescue have volunteered dozens of personal hours to search for Mohamed and the Pennsylvania State Police is grateful for their outstanding service. I would also like to thank members of PSP Jonestown who have spent dozens of hours, many volunteering to stay voluntarily after their shifts to search along the Swatara Creek for Mohamed, said Sgt. Gaspich.
In addition to Mohamed, two other Lebanon County residents died during the widespread flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee earlier this month.
Anyone who may come into contact with Mohamed or has any other information is encouraged to call PSP Jonestown at (717) 865-2194.
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