The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

June 4, 2013

Man, 46, not seen since May 29

MERCER — Douglas John Kerr came home from work Wednesday, helped his father cut and trim the lawn, then rode away on his maroon-colored bike around 6 p.m. He never returned.

Kerr is a 46-year-old white man, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 160 pounds with light brown hair and blue eyes.

He lives with his father, Edward Kerr, on Blossom Court in Coolspring Township, close to Mercer.

“What’s so strange is he’s never done this before,” the elder Kerr said. “He usually tells me where he’s going, who he’s going with and when he’ll be back.”

Edward Kerr called state police Friday to report his son missing.

He said his son came home from his job at International Timber and Veneer LLC, Jackson Center, and helped out with the lawn.

Edward said before he went inside and took a shower, he saw his son take the bike off the hook in the garage. When the elder Kerr went back outside, his son and the bike were gone.

“Occasionally, he used a bike to go to uptown Mercer to Family Dollar or Subway,” Edward said.

Edward said he called all of Douglas’ friends that he knew of, including his girlfriend of six months, and his workplace, but no one has seen him.

Douglas was supposed to work Thursday, Friday and Monday but he never reported off and never showed up, his father said.

Edward went to the state police barracks Monday morning to see where they were in the investigation.

Later in the day, three troopers showed up at his house and, after getting more information, told him they decided to conduct a more-detailed investigation.

“He’s been gone five days now,” Edward said. “He’s never done this before. He just disappeared.”

In a news release, state police said an aerial search would be conducted today and asked anyone with information about Kerr’s whereabouts to call the PSP Mercer Crime Unit at 724-662-6162.

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