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Authorities searching for Australian Soldier missing in New York State

Australian Army Soldier, Capt. Paul McKay, missing in NY State
Military photo, released

New Year’s Eve was the last known sighting of Australian Army Soldier Capt. Paul McKay.

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, McKay is said to be suffering from PTSD and recent emails with his father could indicate that he went missing on his own; no foul play is suspected.

Capt. McKay, 31, was last seen on train tracks near Saranac Lake in Upstate New York. Prior to that, he had checked in at the Best Western Motel in the community of Saranac Lake. It was unknown if he had bothered to check out.

Local authorities using canine teams, as well as forest and park rangers have organized searches in the area, but as of today, Jan. 12, they have turned up nothing.

There is no indication why Capt. McKay was in the Saranac Lake area.

McKay isn’t the first Soldier to go on the lam, in fact, Air Force Capt. Robby Williams, III, 30, of Shaw A.F.B. has been missing since Dec. 18, 2013, and a Navy recruiter from Seattle, Nick Guidry went missing on Dec. 3. Williams was spotted in Waco, Ga., on Jan. 9, and Guidry returned to his home Dec. 18, with no public explanation of why he disappeared.

Capt. McKay is believed to be dressed and mentally equipped for outdoor survival, although the messages to his father indicate survival wasn’t necessarily his goal.

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