Search for missing teen heads south

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Sheriff’s Department is using the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to expand the search for Anthony “Tony” Pittman, a local teenager who has been missing since May 29.

Pittman’s family also is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to his safe return.

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said Tuesday that the department has continued to receive tips on Pittman’s whereabouts, including information that he may be in North Carolina.

Fletcher said authorities conducted a search of a residence in North Carolina where Pittman may have been staying. He said they were unable to locate Pittman during the search, but additional information has led authorities to believe he may still be in that area.

“We’ve placed calls to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to give them an update and assist in helping us expand the search,” Fletcher said. “A flyer containing information on Tony will be sent out to all law enforcement agencies in West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and North Carolina through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”

While information has prompted searches outside Hancock County, Fletcher said the sheriff’s department will continue to follow up on all leads and information indicating Pittman may still be in the immediate area.

Anyone with information on Pittman’s whereabouts can contact the sheriff’s department at 304-564-4100 or submit information anonymously through Tip411 by texting the word “HCSOWV” and the tip information to 847411 (tip411).