Ontario Co. sheriff: Missing father and son found in Virginia

The father and son were found Friday

ONTARIO COUNTY, NY (WROC) - UPDATE: Deputies say a missing father and son out of Ontario County have been located.

Sheriff Povero says the father and son were found "safe and sound" in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Deputies say LeRoy Newswanger took his son to a medical center there for treatment. While at the center, the sheriff says the medical staff was concerned with Newswanger's behavior. They ran a search online and found a RochesterFirst.com article about the father and son's disappearance.

They contacted police in Virginia who took the two into custody. Family is now working to get the child home. However, deputies say, at this time, because he has full custody of the child, Newswanger broke no law.
The investigation in Virginia continues however.

Sheriff Povero also took time to thank members of the sheriff's office that have worked around the clock.


Deputies say a father and son reported missing in Ontario County may be headed to Washington D.C.

Thursday night, investigators issued a missing person alert for both 36-year-old LeRoy Newswanger and his 18-month-old son Glenn.

Deputies say Newswanger was last seen at the Lyons National Bank in Penn Yan withdrawing $300. His son was last seen in Stanley on Route 245.

Speaking Friday morning, deputies say they believe Newswanger may have taken his son to Washington D.C., but the search is underway locally and across the East Coast.

"Mr. Newswanger may have some concerns that he wishes to express regarding a specific issue he has -- and we are not totally familiar with what that issue is -- with the federal government," Sheriff Povero explains.

Newswanger's license plate number has been added to databases for license plate readers, particularly in the Washington D.C. area. "If he is traveling on any road and encounters a police officer, we hope that... the information picked up on the plate reader would indicate to the officer that the vehicle is being sought."

The sheriff says fixed license plate readers should also detect the information.

Newswanger is a Mennonite and the sheriff says the department has been working with the Mennonite community. He says leaders have been cooperative with the investigation.

Sheriff Povero says, "We hope that he understands that there is a tremendous amount of concern -- not only with his family but the entire Mennonite community."

Sheriff Povero indicated that he doesn't believe the child is at-risk with his father, but there is concern with his emotional state.

If you have any information about his whereabouts or Glenn Newswanger's whereabouts, you are asked to call 911 or the sheriff's office at 1-800-394-4560.

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