Thacher Park Missing Man Found Alive
The missing 25-year-old Albany man last seen on New Years Eve who was believed to have been dropped off by an Uber at Thatcher Park has been located and found alive! Here's what we know according to Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
Zachary Barrantes was last seen at around 10:56 pm New Years Eve after it was reported that his Uber driver dropped him off at Thacher Park. According to Sheriff Apple, Barrante's mother reported him missing at around 2pm on Thursday and deputies responded to the park.
The good news came less than 24 hours after it was reported that he was missing. The search team was lead by the New York State Police, park police and forest rangers. Utilizing drones, they were able to search areas over the cliff but there is no word on where exactly Barrantes was located.
The 25-year-old was able to overcome the harsh elements of the park as well as the cold, defying the odds of survival for the 3 night ordeal. According to a source, he's able to talk but the rescue is not complete at this time. Emergency crews are in the process of pulling him from the cliff.