Search to resume Sunday for missing man in Berkley

Donald Flint

BERKLEY, Mass. (WPRI) – Searchers will return to Berkley on Sunday in an effort to locate a missing, developmentally disabled man.

“We’ll keep searching until we find him,” said Berkley Police Chief Scott Labonte. “We’re optimistic.”

State and local police, as well as civilian search and rescue teams, spent hours Saturday combing upwards of three miles of woods near Donald Flint’s Berkley home on Saturday. Flint was last seen on Padelford Street in Berkley Wednesday evening and authorities fear that his health and safety are in danger.

“The terrain…is very difficult to search,” said Labonte. “It’s very wet, it’s very swampy, it’s very thick, there’s briers — we’ve had dogs, we’ve had officers on horseback, and we’ve had officers in waders. We’ve utilized the dive team to go in there.”

Labonte said the weather has been warm and dry enough to lead investigators to believe Flint could still be alive.  Labonte said the search will resume again at 8:30 Sunday morning.

“We’ll have different search teams, some fresh faces out there and maybe some fresh ideas and look in other areas,” he said.

Flint is described as standing 5’10” tall and weighing about 180 pounds, with brown eyes and very fine gray hair.

Anyone who has seen him or has any information on his whereabouts should call the Berkley Police Department at 508-822-7040.