Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Steuben Co. Man Goes Missing
PRATTSBURG (WENY) -- A New York State Police helicopter hovered and k-9 units sniffed as investigators searched for a Prattsburg man still missing as of Friday, 7/25/14.
His name is Todd Casciani was last seen when he went for a walk on Monday.
The 45-year-old man was last seen on Monday morning by his mother, Sharon Bingaman.
"I just don't know where he is," said Bingaman. "So, Todd if you are out there and alive, please just call me."
She says he left their home in Prattsburg for a walk, without having his typical morning coffee and cigarette.
"I don't know if he's dead, so I asked the Sheriff to put out a missing persons report," said Bingaman.
With no means of making contact with him, investigators including State Police, the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, and Forest Rangers spent hours sweeping the woods, surrounding his home on Cook School Road.
"There's a lot of thick woods, pine trees, some open fields in between a lot of creeks," said Joe Campbell, Second Assistant Fire Chief at the Prattsburg Fire Department.
Casciani was released from prison February 2014 and is currently on Parole, after he was convicted of trying to cash a forged check.
"He was trying to rebuild everything," said Bingaman.
Casiani missed a regularly scheduled Parole meeting on Tuesday. Now, there is an active parole warrant out for him.
He's also is a convicted level three sex offender and served four years in prison in 1999 on sexual abuse charges.
"We don't feel as though he is a threat or to police," said Captain Eric Tyner of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office. "We're treating it right now as a missing persons case. He's still a member of society and we're making sure make the dilligent effort we can to locate him."
In the meantime, his parents are hoping for his safe return. They don't know if he completely left the area.
"I love you, everybody loves you, please just come home," pleaded Bingham.
Police are done with their search of the immediate area.
Casciani was last seen wearing blue jeans, a white t-shirt under a gray sweatshirt, tan baseball hat and camouflage boots. He is 5’7”, 130 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.
If you do have tips, you can call the Steuben Co. Sheriff's office at 607-622-3911.