Washed up tent spurs river search
Members of the Northfield Dive Team use boogie boards to search the banks of the Green River in Greenfield near Colrain St for a missing person.
Dive team members search a rain swollen Green River in Greenfield near Colrain St.
A dive team searches Green River for missing man behind Davenports in Greenfield on Tuesday. The man was found to be all right on Wednesday.
GREENFIELD — The discovery of a homeless man’s tent awash downriver from his camp set off an hours-long search Tuesday.
Police identified the missing man whose tent was found washed up on the Green River as Daniel Hamel.
Hamel, a 53-year-old homeless man was reported missing on Tuesday by an acquaintance, according to Greenfield Police Sgt. Mark Williams.
The man’s friend had visited Hamel on Monday at his camp set up in the area of the bike path along the Green River. When the friend returned the next day, he found Hamel’s tent washed downriver.
The discovery set off an hours-long search Tuesday afternoon off Colrain Road. Local police, the Turners Falls Fire Department and the Northfield Dive Rescue Team searched for the man on land and in the river. The search was called off at 5:15 p.m.
Hamel does not face any criminal charges, but police would like to know if he is safe.
Hamel is described as a 140 pound, 5 foot 8 inches tall white male with greying hair and a mustache.
Police are asking if anyone with information of Hamel’s whereabouts to contact the station at 413-773-5411.