UPDATED: Pennsylvania man located after Knox County search

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 6:00pm

OWLS HEAD — A man who was the subject of a “missing person” search in the Owls Head area over the weekend was located Monday afternoon, and has been questioned by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, according to the KCSO, in a news release.

Knox County Sheriff’s Office had asked for the community’s assistance in locating a Pennsylvania man who recently left his vehicle at a residence owned by his family. He has not been seen since.

The KCSO has been investigating a “Missing Person” complaint in Owls Head since approximately 12:30 Saturday afternoon, according to Sheriff Tim Carroll, in a news release. The complaint came into the Knox County Regional Communications Center, stating that family members had arrived at another family’s vacant residence and found the vehicle owned by Thomas Hackett, 29, in the driveway.

Hackett’s relationship with the family had recently become troubled and they were not expecting his vehicle to be there, according to Carroll. When Deputies arrived, they found writings on the exterior of the residence that were concerning to the well being of Hackett. Deputies further checked around the property and found a single set of footprints leading to the water where a pair of shoes and food items were left on the rocks near the waters edge. Maine Marine Patrol was immediately notified and requested to assist in the search.

In discussion with the family members there, Hackett was very upset by recent events concerning his family and they feared he may harm himself after discovering the written communication. Knox County Sheriff’s Deputies and Maine Marine Patrol spent all afternoon searching the area around the residence, along the shore and across to Sheep Island by foot, boat and air until darkness.

Deputy Chris Taylor spoke with family members and neighbors to investigate further. Sunday morning at sunrise, efforts had been put in place for the Maine Marine Patrol personnel, airplane, boats and Maine State Police Dive Team to assist in the search efforts.

“We had gathered information too, that an unknown person was seen late Friday afternoon in a Yellow/Orange/Red kayak between the Owls Head shore, Sheep Island, and north towards the Owls Head Lighthouse,” said Carroll.

Search efforts have continued with additional help from Owls Head Fire Department and Rockland Fire Department through the day as deputies try to gather more information.

Thomas Hackett, 29, of Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, is 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 180 lbs, and has black hair and brown eyes. A description of clothing that he was wearing has not been obtained. Hackett was last seen at Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania at noon time on Thursday, February 20.

Please call the Knox County Regional Communications Center at 207-593-9132 with any information that may pertain to him or the kayak seen that afternoon. Neither has been located.