Search continues for man

April 13, 1992|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer William B. Talbott contributed to this story.

Anne Arundel County police today resumed searching for a mentally retarded Delaware man who apparently wandered away from a group of bicyclists yesterday on the Baltimore-Annapolis bike trail.

William Woolford, 34, of the 800 block of Lincoln Ave. in Dover, was riding a black 10-speed mountain bike with gray saddle bags with about a dozen other Dover-area cyclists when he became unaccounted for around 11 a.m. in the Arnold area.

Sgt. Dale Thomas, of the Eastern District, said a member of Mr. Woolford's family reported that he left his home yesterday and tagged along with the group of bikers.

Sergeant Thomas said several hours went by before Mr. Woolford was reported missing.

The bikers had left Ferndale and were headed south on the trail to Annapolis, from where they were to be transported back to Delaware.

Sergeant Thomas said the asphalt bike trail was searched extensively until shortly after sunset.

Sergeant Thomas said the bike trail crosses several intersections in various neighborhoods. He said the missing man may have gotten lost at a shopping center or in a community bordering the trail.

"We hope he just wandered off the trail and went to a store and will be seen by someone who will call us," said Sergeant Thomas.

When last seen Mr. Woolford, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds, was wearing a light-colored jacket, blue jeans, tennis shoes and a white bike safety helmet over a baseball cap.

Anyone who sees Mr. Woolford is urged to call county police at 222-8619 or 222-6145.

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