Old Southeast Kansas Mining Pit Searched for Missing Man

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) A 911 call to Pittsburg police has prompted a search of an old strip mining pit in southeast Kansas for a man whose whereabouts are unknown.

The Joplin Globe reports a hiker called authorities on Saturday morning saying an adult male had fallen into the pit at Wilderness Park.

Police on Monday identified the missing man as 22-year-old Pittsburg resident Mateo Vincent Lorenzo. While the search goes on, investigators are also hoping to hear from anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts.

Authorities were sending boats and divers into the pit, which is described as 15 to 20 feet deep. It’s one of at least four old pits in the park, which has more than four miles of biking and hiking trails on formerly mined land.