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Search intensifies for missing Berkley man

Donald Flint (Police photo)

The search intensified Thursday for a Berkley man who's been missing for eight days.

More than 100 law enforcement officers were in the woods off Padelford Street looking for 48-year-old Donald Flint, who has developmental disabilities. He was reported missing last Thursday.

“He works at Home Depot. I guess everybody there loves him. It’s hard not to because he’s very friendly,” said Darcy Lee, of Berkley, who lives near Flint.

Crews scoured the woods, searching a swamp directly behind Flint's home.

“We believe that he’s still in this area,” said Chief Scott Labonte. “Like I said, he’s a fixture of the community. He’s known to be right in this area if he’s not at work.”

As police combed the wooded, muddy terrain, concerned neighbors stopped by the command post at the Myricks Air Field. Many had kind words to share about Flint.

“I just knew him from driving by. He was always in this parking lot riding his lawn mower, waving. Just seemed like a friendly, nice guy,” said Berkley resident Linette Neas.

Since the search began last week, police have checked more than a three-square mile area.

Still, the police chief said he's hopeful that Flint is still alive.

“I remain optimistic,” Labonte said. “Like I said, the statistics say that he can survive this and we’re hopeful.”

“I just hope they find him. I hope they find him safe. I hope tomorrow I drive by and he waves,” Neas said.

Labonte said the search for Flint is not over. He told NBC 10 that authorities would meet later in the day to discuss search plans for Friday.

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