URGENT #MISSING: Mark Albee, 58 - Middleton, CALIFORNIA (health conditions - despondent - vehicle found abandoned)

Authorities are searching an area near Middletown for a local man whose family reported him missing Saturday afternoon.

Mark Albee, 58, of Hidden Valley Lake was last seen by family at around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to his daughter, Michelle Smith.

Sheriff Brian Martin said the sheriff's office received a report at about 1:30 p.m. from Albee's wife, who had gotten a "concerning message" from Albee.

"So there's some concern for his state of mind," Martin said.

Martin said Albee's pickup was found in an area near a shallow creek on the Coyote Grade on Highway 29.

That area, Martin said, is now the focus of a search operation.

Smith described her father's pickup as a burgundy 1997 to 2000 model Ford Ranger crew cab with a matching burgundy camper shell. She said his pickup had already been returned to his home by authorities by Saturday evening.

Lake County Search and Rescue and sheriff's personnel are on scene, with Martin reporting that a helicopter has been called in from Napa County to assist with the search effort.

He said the search will continue through the night – or until Albee is found.

The California Highway Patrol reported that officials wanted traffic to slow down in the search area, located south of Hofacker Lane near mile post marker 12.87. 

Smith said cones had been set out but no traffic control is in effect.

Albee has health issues and has been depressed. His daughter said he's never left home like this before.

Smith described her father as being around 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 130 to 150 pounds, with short brown, graying hair and a short gray beard. He has a tattoo of a lever on his right hand.

Anyone with information should call Lake County Central Dispatch at 707-263-2690.
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