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59-year-old Middletown man missing for over a week


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — Middletown Police have an active Silver Alert out for 59-year-old Peter Recchia, who has been missing for over a week.

Recchia is described by police as a white male with green eyes, gray hair, a mustache and rectangular eyeglasses. He is 5’11” and weighs 150 pounds.

Recchia was last seen wearing a short sleeve, royal blue shirt, jeans, a black belt and black sneakers. He does not have a history of violence, but police say he has health issues, needs medication, and may get disoriented if he doesn’t eat enough.

Peter Recchia – Photo Courtesy of Middletown Police

They also say Recchia has a history of mental health issues. According to his family, he was living in senior housing with ongoing health issues.

Middletown Police report that a woman claimed to have seen a man matching Recchia’s description on October 4th at 4:30pm in the area of Millers Pond State Park in Haddam. He was traveling south on Foot Hills Road. Two days before that, he was seen on video walking along Main Street/Route 17 in nearby Durham.

Details about a search party for Recchia happening Sunday were posted on a Facebook page created by his family dedicated to finding him. Administrators wrote, “Today is day 11, Peter could be hurt or delusional from not drinking or eating. If you find him it could be traumatic for an adult, especially a child, please use your discretion.”

His daughter spoke to News 8 Sunday, praying for her father to be found safe.

“I love you dad, and you know I’ve always been there for you no matter what, and I just pray for you,” said Bunny Rodriguez, Recchia’s daughter.

News 8 found Rodriguez passing out fliers to people at Miller’s Pond State Park. Mariah Roy was one of the people receiving one of those fliers.

“My heart is just really sad about this,” Roy said. “I mean, I can’t even imagine what it would feel like if I had a family member out there missing.”

Rodriguez is grateful for the friends who’ve come together to form search groups.

“I feel like they feel in their heart that they know he’s around here somewhere and people are just trying to find him and help me and help our family,” she said.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Middletown Police Department Detective Jimmy Lacasse 860-638-4134. Dispatch can also be reached at 860-347-2541.

If out of the Middletown area, contact your local police department.

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