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Central City police extend search for missing man

Central City police looking for missing man. (Courtesy, Natisha Harvill)

The Central City Police Department has extended their search for a 51-year-old man who has been missing from the area since Wednesday.

Central City Police Chief Mark Hogue said David Jansen was last seen at 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday at his home in Central City.

Jansen is 6'1" and weighs approximately 190 lbs, with brown hair and a brown beard.

Officers said they believe he is wearing black sweatpants, a gray sweatshirt, slippers and a dark-colored lightweight jacket.

Officers also said he does not have his phone or wallet with him, but he may be carrying a red cooler.

Hogue said people are searching the surrounding communities of Grand Island and Aurora as well, and the department enlisted the help of the Nebraska State Patrol's helicopter on Thursday.

"At 10 a.m. we had a State Patrol helicopter out here," Hogue said. "They flew the area south of Central City and along the river but weren't able to find him."

Hogue said Jansen initially left on foot, but believes at this time that he may have gotten a ride somewhere.

Search parties walked tree lines, searched lakes and along the river, as well as tree stands in the area.

They stopped looking this evening when it got dark, but crews gathered at the Central City fire department preparing to resume on Saturday.

Jansen's family is pleading for help to find him.

"David, if you're out there, please call home. Please, we miss you," said Tenley Jansen, wife of the missing man.

"If anybody's seen anything or heard any thing, we ask that they reach out to us or the cops. We just, we want our dad home," said Natisha Harvill, daughter of the missing man.

Hogue said Jansen doesn't pose a risk to the public.

If you see him, call the Central City Police Department at 308-946-3003, the Merrick County Sheriff's Department at 308-946-2345 or dial 911.

Central City Police Department, Merrick County Sheriff's Office, the Nebraska State Patrol, family members of Jansen, and local volunteers are all contributing to the search.


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