Man missing since house fire located unharmed

SALINEVILLE – An impaired man who went missing not long after fire swept through his Church Street home was recovered Friday afternoon in Salineville.

Salineville Police Chief Andrew Straley says Lonnie Kellogg was physically uninjured but confused, having been without the medication needed to manage his mental condition for several days. He is now recuperating at the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cleveland.

Kellogg was last seen locally on Dec. 29, two days after fire struck his mobile home on Church Street. Family members filed a missing person report with Salineville Police on Wednesday, Straley says. It was entered into the FBI’s National Crime Information Center, which is also used to locate missing persons.

Unable to find a place to stay following the fire, Straley says Kellogg took to living in his truck at sites around town for several days. After that, Kellogg simply drove off. “He did state that he was traveling through several states for the last couple of days,” Straley said. The list included Michigan, New York, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

New York State Police subsequently made contact with Kellogg following an incident on an abandoned service road at 3 a.m. Friday. Kellogg returned to Ohio, where he was found by Salineville Police after they received a phoned-in tip on his location, first around Highlandtown Lake and later outside a village business.

In December, a 19-year-old woman with mental difficulties went missing after leaving her home with an unknown male. She was found soon afterward by police in Ambridge, Pa., and returned safely to her family in Salineville.