Seward Police Patch

The Seward Police Department called off a foot search for Preston Atwood, 21, a local man who went missing Sunday, but it was unclear what, if any, new information had been gleaned in the search.

Police did ask that people stay clear of the southeast corner of the Seward Marine Industrial Center. Cones have been placed on the gravel roads leading to the area. Volunteers with the Seward and Bear Creek fire departments had been searching the area until shortly before 9 p.m.

Atwood was reported missing Aug. 25. Family and friends have since initiated a social media and paper flyer campaign, encouraging others to keep an eye out. He was reportedly wearing red basketball shorts, a dark-colored t-shirt and slippers when last seen.

Erika Anger, who identified herself as a family friend, had posted a reward for information on Atwood’s whereabouts midday Thursday. Anger told the Seward Journal that the post soon generated a phone call.

The caller claimed to have overheard a conversation regarding three young men who had allegedly beat Atwood at a makeshift fire pit in the far southeast corner of the Seward Marine Industrial Center, Anger said.