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Search continues for Rockett

SPRINGVILLE—The search continues for a missing California man, who was least seen April 29. Niagara County Sheriff Chief Deputy Michael Dunn confirmed the search has stretched into the Springville area, but it isn’t the only area search teams have been deployed.

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“Pretty much … our search area is Lake Road in Niagara County to Springville … and possibly south,” Dunn said.

Rudy Ray Rockett was last seen in the Ransomville area April 29, around 4 p.m. He was scheduled to fly out of Buffalo Niagara International Airport at 6:30 p.m., but did not show up for his flight, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported.

“The hard part is … we’re relying on data from various sources,” Dunn said. “We thought we had relatively good information from the Springville area.”

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office is reviewing surveillance video from local businesses, Dunn said, looking to get a better handle on a search area.

“We’d like to narrow down the search location … that can be even a two mile stretch,” he said. “We’ve had helicopters, K-9s and volunteers searching.”

Law enforcement is remaining “optimistic” Rockett will be found alive, and isn’t giving up search efforts.

“We’re not giving up … just looking to modify our search efforts,” he said.

Rockett’s stepson Gregory Roy was arrested April 29 for criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. An investigation involving Roy is ongoing, though Dunn couldn’t confirm the incidents were related.

Rockett is described as a balding white male, approximately 6-foot-1-inch and 255 pounds. Agencies are also asking the public to contact them if they remember seeing a 2006 gray Saab vehicle, April 29 between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Bureau at 438-3327.


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