Search continues for Island Pond man who went missing after fleeing police

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ISLAND POND — Crews are still searching for a 23-year-old man from Island Pond, who went missing after he fled during a traffic stop on New Year’s Eve, police say.

On Tuesday, the Vermont Scuba team was called in to search a brook and swamp area surrounding Island Pond village. VAST trails in the area were also searched.

At approximately 11:43 p.m. New Year’s Eve, a trooper made a motor vehicle stop in Island Pond after the vehicle failed to stop at a posted stop sign.

Upon stopping, police say four people inside the vehicle immediately exited and began to run.

The trooper was able to detain two passengers. The driver and third passenger continued to flee to the rear of a nearby residence, police say.

The Brighton Police Chief says he learned through talking with the passengers that O’Gorman was the driver.

His whereabouts were still unknown, and a K9 was brought to the scene to conduct a track. Based on this track police say they believe that O’Gorman crossed a small brook and continued on foot in and around Island Pond Village.

Brighton Police, Essex County Sheriff’s deputies, and State troopers continued to try and locate O’Gorman, but were unsuccessful.

On January 2, family members reported that O’Gorman was still missing.

O’Gorman is 23-years-old, 5’10”, and approximately 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information regarding O’Gorman’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Derby State Police barracks at 802-334-8881.

A ground search is underway today.

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