Search for Oceana County man now a recovery mission

MASON COUNTY, Mi. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The search for an Oceana County man is now considered a recovery mission.

Dozens of family, friends and volunteers searched for Ryan Walsworth Thursday.

The 50-year-old went missing Monday morning from his home in Oceana County.

"Ryan was a very likable guy, very hard working and determined very respected in the community very well known farmer in the area,” said Walsworth’s cousin, Dustin Walsworth.

Walsworth's truck was discovered Tuesday afternoon on Montgomery Boulevard between Bass Lake and Lake Michigan.

Thursday's search extended nearly five miles from the area his truck was found.

"Ryan had some struggles with some mental health issues lately,” Walsoworth’s cousin said. "I just really hopes to find Ryan safe and get him home safely and if that's not the case then at least we really want to locate Ryan regardless of the outcome at this point."

The Michigan State Police had its helicopter in the air Thursday afternoon as part of the search.

Oceana County Sheriff, Craig Mast says for search parties, it’s a race against the clock.

"They're trying to hold onto hope and as the search has progressed and more and more ground is covered, the mood has grown more somber," Sheriff Mast said. "In the fact that everyone knows the area that really needs to be searched is probably the water."

State police will determine whether they need to send in dive crews.

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