NY State Police asking public for help finding man missing since 2017


New York State Police are asking the public for help finding a man who went missing following a traffic stop seven years ago.

According to police, Jeffrey J. Rumsey, now 46, fled Minier’s Park in Big Flats after a traffic stop at about 9:30 p.m. on February 13, 2017. A State Police K-9 unit tracked Rumsey, who had an active warrant for traffic violations, to the shore of the Chemung River.

A report from the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System says state troopers saw Rumsey enter the water, but they were not able to see him exit.

For several days after the incident, police used K9-s, dive teams and a helicopter to search the area.

Rumsey is a white male, 6-foot, 3-inches tall and about 200 pounds. Anyone with information should contact New York State Police at 585-398-4100 or email [email protected].