Volunteer search party to look for missing Snohomish man
December 23, 2017
Henry Groeneveld, 63, the missing man. CLICK TO ENLARGE
By B. Tanner
(SNOHOMISH, WA.) -- You may have seen the missing man posters in various places in the east county area or read the newspaper articles about the ongoing police search for missing 63-year old Snohomish resident Henry Groeneveld.
He hasn't been seen since about 9:30 am Monday, Dec. 11 at the 400 block of Union Avenue in Snohomish, after telling family members he was going to take a walk down to the water.
After an extensive search of the Snohomish area and exhausting all initial leads, Snohomish Police have turned over the investigation to the County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit, said sheriff's office spokesperson Shari Ireton.
Detectives have been seeking tips from the community in order to locate Henry.
Snohomish Police have searched the areas around the Snohomish and Pilchuck Rivers, including the Avenue D Bridge, railroad trestles and along First Street. They also searched near the city's aquatic center and library.
As part of that exhaustive search effort, the Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue helicopter flew along the rivers and searched by air, while the Sheriff's Marine Unit deployed boats to search by water.
Search and Rescue dogs also scoured the area and in addition police have checked surveillance camera footage of area businesses from around the time Groeneveld left his home.
Despite all those efforts, there's been no confirmed sightings of Groeneveld since that Monday, December 11. Now, family and friends of Groeneveld have scheduled a volunteer search party set for today, Sat. Dec 23rd.
Henry's daughter Liz Dickson, who's been leading a one-woman social media comunications blitz as part of the effort to find her dad said in her latest posting, "I need an army!! I’m having a big search party on Saturday the 23rd, we will meet at McDonald’s at 830am and I will have maps and I will assign you to a spot with a group. Please let’s find him and make a Christmas miracle. Please PM me or text me 4253460109 if you want to come help. If you are coming to the search party on Saturday please bring reflective gear(if you have it) warm clothes, binoculars (if you have them)."
Mr. Groeneveld is described as 5’7” tall, about 150 lbs with gray hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red knit cap, brown pullover shirt and blue "US Postal Service" pants.
Police ask area residents to call 911 if they have any information on Groeneveld’s whereabouts.
There's also a GoFundMe page set up here to help Henry's family in their their exhaustive search to find him. The family says money collected through this fundraiser will help to repay some expenses already incurred, and continue to pay for extended search expenses.
As of early Saturday morning, thirty-four people in four days had donated $4,375 of a $25,000 goal.