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State police searching for Franklin County man missing since March

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"CHATEUAGAY – State police searched a Chateaugay residence Tuesday evening for evidence of a man who has been missing for months, but whose disappearance only came to light in recent days.

Dale Stephen Jarvis Sr., 48, was last seen on Feb. 20, according to a news release issued by New York State Police. Mr. Jarvis is described as a 5’9” white male weighing 200 pounds. He has brown hair, blue eyes, and a burn scar on his right arm that runs from his forearm to halfway up his shoulder. He also goes by Stephen Dale Jarvis and Cookie Joe.

The release states no missing persons report was ever filed.

“Jarvis was never reported missing, but an investigation was commenced after New York State Police developed information that he had not been seen for several months,” according to the release.

Troopers obtained a warrant from Franklin County Court Judge Robert G. Main Jr. and searched Mr. Jarvis’ home at 14 White St. in Chateaugay later in the day.

“The scene was secured and a search is under way at that location by the Troop B Forensic Identification Unit,” the release states.

A team of investigators and uniform troopers could be seen searching the house Tuesday evening. Police on scene deferred comment to Senior Investigator Kurt Taylor, who would not comment.

Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Scott Heggelke and District Attorney Derek Champagne each declined comment. Both said more information will most likely be released in the coming days, possibly as early as Wednesday.

Troopers are requesting the public’s assistance in determining Jarvis Sr.’s whereabouts. Anyone with information is urged to contact the New York State Police at (518) 483-5000. Tips can also be sent via email to nysvicap@troopers.ny.gov.

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