Search for missing man becomes joint effort

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​Amherst County Sheriff’s Office is now assisting Buena Vista Police Department in their search for Chad Austin

Austin’s vehicle was found abandoned, with a dog inside, on Panther Falls Road Tuesday close to one p.m. 

The dog was rescued from the car. Deputies then reached out to Austin’s family, who decided not to file a missing person report at that time. 

Austin was last seen on Monday. He was officially reported missing on Wednesday. 

He is described as 6’0″ tall, anywhere between 150-170 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. 

Several other agencies, including Virginia State Police, SAR, US Park Police and other agencies, are actively searching for Austin.

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