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Father: Son missing from Yellow Springs has ‘never been out of touch’ like this

Published: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 @ 10:13 AM

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Leonid "Lonya" Clark

The rain this week has dampened efforts to search for a missing 26-year-old man in Yellow Springs. 

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Search teams used dogs to cover large areas over the weekend in the Glen Helen Nature Preserve to search for Leonid “Lonya” Clark. 

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Searching other natural areas around the village, including John Bryan State Park and Clifton Gorge, is not possible in the rain, according to Lonya’s adoptive father, Eric Clark. 

Clark said the last confirmed sighting of Lonya was on Jan. 12, although some unverified reports indicate he was seen the next day. 

Clark said his son has stayed with friends for the past eight years and did not have a home. He said his son has some mental health issues, but he was never suicidal. 

“It’s unusual because, for us as parents, it’s not unusual for him to stop making contact with us, but he’s never been out of touch with his people. Not a single person has heard from him,” Clark said. 

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Buckeye Search & Rescue used search dogs Saturday for an organized search of the Glen Helen Nature Preserve, where Lonya Clark would sometimes sleep, but nothing was found.  

Flyers are being posted at area libraries and coffee shops. 

If you can help in the search for Lonya Clark, call Yellow Springs police at (937) 767-7206.