Police: Missing Mennonite father, son found safe in Virginia


UPDATED at 1:05 p.m.: The Ontario County Sheriff's Office said Leroy and Glenn Newswanger were found safe and sound in Virginia.

Ontario County Sheriff Phillip Povero said staff at a hospital in Harrisonburg, Virginia noticed the man and his son and contacted police. Harrisonburg is located approximately 55 miles northwest of Charlottesville.


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STANLEY, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Ontario County Sheriff's Office is looking for a Mennonite man and his young son who were declared missing Thursday night.

Deputies are searching for 36-year-old Leroy Newswanger and his 16-month-old son, Glenn David Newswanger.

Ontario County Sheriff Phillip Povero held a news conference Friday at the Ontario County Sheriff's Office in Canandaigua.

Leroy Newswanger lives on a farm in Stanley and was seen on State Route 245 in Stanley around 11 a.m. Thursday. He lives with his wife and nine children. There is no history of any domestic violence against Glenn, any of his children or his wife.

When Leroy left the house with Glenn, deputies said he took a portable radio and diaper bag with him. Deputies later say Leroy was seen withdrawing $300 cash from Lyons National Bank in Penn Yan on February 1. This was his last known sighting.

Newswanger has an extensive mental health history, according to deputies. He has some sort of issue with the federal government and could be heading toward Washington, D.C. to express that frustration. What issue that is remains unknown at this point. Sheriff Povero said he does not believe that Newswanger's intentions are violent or suicidal.

Glenn David has hand, foot, and mouth disease and has blisters around his mouth. He is dressed in a blue and white striped snowsuit and is dressed for the elements, Sheriff Povero said.

Newswanger is driving a 2005 dark blue Chevy Silverado, with a dent in the right passenger door and a dent in the rear bumper, with a license plate of 88359-MJ.

License plate information has been uploaded into the license plate reader system. If the vehicle comes into contact with a patrol car or on an interstate highway, it will alert the officer that the vehicle is being sought by law enforcement.

Sheriff Povero said he spoke with New York State Police and AMBER Alert officials, but it was decided that this did not meet the criteria for an alert. Most of that decision was based around the idea that Leroy is Glenn's father and this is not considered an abduction.

Anyone with information can call (800) 394-4560.

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