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Volunteers spend day searching for missing Cleveland man

Updated: Jan. 6, 2019 at 1:35 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - More than a dozen volunteers and dogs from the Big Creek K-9 Search and Rescue team spent the day searching the green areas near Old Brooklyn for any sign of 59-year-old Benton Zastawnik.

Zastawnik has been missing now for more than two weeks. He was last seen at his Old Brooklyn home on Dec. 19, Zastawnik left his keys, phone, wallet and medications behind.

Will Rosch heads up the Big Creek K-9 search and Rescue Team out of Concord.

“We are working in conjunction with the Cleveland Police Department,” said Will Rosch, he runs a nonprofit that got a start in 2005.

"We've recovered probably about 15 missing people since we've been doing this," added Rosch.

The dogs searchers the team is using to locate Zastawnik are specially trained.

“We are looking for a reaction from her, so we are typically looking for a head snap,” said Mark Hornyak, one of the volunteers whose dog Ceci was helping to search a portion of the Metroparks near in Old Brooklyn.

"She'll sit when she gets close enough to the area. You have to be within a certain range for detection. She'll sit indicating that she's found something," added Hornyak.

Will Rosch is hoping all homeowners will aid in their search efforts.

"We are strongly asking people in the neighborhoods to check their garages. Check the out buildings behind their houses to make sure there isn't any missing people there," said Rosch.

In the meantime, volunteers like Ceci's other owner Beth Reid says helping in the search for Zastawnik means a lot.

"We all have our own personal reasons for why we do this, but this is something that, in our way, we feel that we can give back," said Reid.

If you know anything that could help investigators locate Benton Zastawnik, call Cleveland Police.

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