The largest amount of manpower brought to bear on the search for George DeLany yielded no sign of the missing Rochester Institute of Technology student Tuesday.

The largest amount of manpower brought to bear on the search for George DeLany yielded no sign of the missing Rochester Institute of Technology student Tuesday.


Over 70 ground-searchers combed fields and dense brush in a grid search of a 250 acre section along County Route 92, where DeLany’s cell phone was last used.


DeLany, 21, was last seen March 12 at a residence he shares with other students in the Town of Chili. The Frederick, Md., native left the residence, saying he would be right back. His vehicle was found March 13 on a snowmobile trail near Ward Road in the Town of Wayland.


State Police Lt. Rick Oyer said DeLany’s cell phone was last used around 7:30 p.m. March 12, when a friend of his was dialed with the phone.


There’s been no other contact with DeLany since March 12 as far as police are aware, said State Police Capt. Rick Allen.


“We’re holding out hope he’s been picked up. After 10 days, the likelihood of surviving in these elements without shelter is not good,” he said.


With today’s search, police were hoping to clear the area where DeLany’s cell phone was last used as a potential location for the missing student, said Allen. After the morning search of the area produced no evidence of DeLany, Oyer said police haven’t identified their next search location.


Tuesday Allen said police were aware DeLany was having “difficulties” at school and the on-campus coffee shop where he worked. The missing student was previously described by police as being highly emotional in the time before he disappeared.


“He’s had issues, but there’s nothing to make us believe he’s suicidal or depressed,” said Allen.


Susan DeLany, the missing student’s mother, said her son had recently switched majors to political science and was a “little frustrated, going through the typical college sort of wondering where you’re headed. They’re normal thoughts college students have,” she said.


DeLany doesn’t have a history of running away, but he has a background of trying to be alone for periods of time, police said. In previous instances, though, other people were aware of his location. Oyer said stress has frequently been a trigger for DeLany prior to instances when he secludes himself.


Police have also been unable to determine why DeLany is in the Wayland area in the first place.


“We haven’t been able to develop information to explain why he’s down here,” said Oyer.


Susan DeLany said she didn’t know of any contacts her son had in the Wayland area, and that her son seemed tired when she spoke with him the morning of March 12. He gave no indication he was going anywhere, she added.


“We assumed, when his car showed up where it did, he uses Interstate 390 to get to Route 15 and that road to get home. We thought maybe he was coming home for a visit,” she said.


Police said a DeLany family cabin in the Pulaski area has been searched, without producing any sign of the missing student. Allen said he believed DeLany was at the cabin in Pulaski earlier this month.


State police and K-9 units, Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies, the Wayland Volunteer Fire Department, New York State Forest Rangers, and a Massasauga Search and Rescue Team with canines were used in the search Tuesday. A helicopter was used for a short afternoon search around Ward Road. Searchers have previously gone through the Ward Road area, said Oyer.


With inclement weather predicted for Wednesday, no active search is planned. The search won’t ramp-up to the same numbers of ground-searchers when it resumes, either, said police.


“The search will scale back in the next couple days, unless we get new information,” said Oyer.


DeLany is described as a white male, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 150 pounds, with sandy-reddish hair. He was wearing a brown light-weight jacket when he was last seen.


Anyone with information regarding DeLany is asked to call Wayland-based state police at 1-585-398-4100.