The search continues for a missing New York City man and now WCAX News has learned there's a Vermont connection.
New York authorities put out a missing poster hoping someone may know what happened to Tristan Metroze, a United States Navy veteran who served in Iraq.
The 39-year-old from Manhattan vanished June 4 from the village of Lake Placid. Police say that's where he rented a gray 2011 Chevrolet Malibu and mentioned to staff he planned to go hiking in Vermont, but did not offer specifics.
He never returned the car and Lake Placid police can't find it or Metroze. They did locate his dog. Lake Placid Police Sgt. Chuck Dobson tells WCAX Metroze boarded the German shepherd before he left for his trip.
Metroze's cellphone is another clue. Police say it hasn't been used since the day he disappeared. But Lake Placid police got a ping off cell towers in Colchester. Colchester Police Lt. Jeffrey Barton says on June 6, officers searched an area off Malletts Bay Club Road, but did not find Metroze or his missing car. Further investigation revealed those cell coordinates actually put the phone in the middle of Lake Champlain. Police say the technology provides a general area, not a pinpointed location and could suggest his phone was on the ferry or some other boat.
Metroze is described as an Asian male about 5 feet 10 inches tall and160 pounds. He has brown eyes and a band tattoo around his left arm.
Authorities could not comment on Metroze's frame of mind, but say they are looking into his personal medical history as part of the investigation.
Vermont State Police, the Chittenden County Sheriff's Department and Vermont Fish and Wildlife were alerted to Metroze's disapperance.
At this point police say there is nothing to suggest foul play, but they stress Metroze has not been in contact with any family or friends for more than a month.
If you have any information on his whereabouts, you're asked to call Lake Placid Police at 518-523-3306.