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Police searching for missing North Tonawanda man

Police are continuing their search for a North Tonawanda man who took his dog for a walk on Tuesday night and never returned.

Frances “Matt” Christman, 35, was reported missing by his girlfriend Wednesday afternoon, although he has not been seen by anyone since about 8 p.m. on Tuesday, said Capt. Thomas E. Krantz, chief of detectives for the City of North Tonawanda Police Department.

The disappearance is considered suspicious, Krantz said.

“We’re not ruling anything out; everything is open,” Krantz said Friday. “There’s nothing to indicate he would just walk away on his own voluntarily, but we have not ruled that out either.”

Christman left his residence on Cottage Street Tuesday night to take his dog for a walk in an area off Witmer Road.

Neither he nor the dog has returned, and at this point no one knows their whereabouts.

Christman – who goes by the name Matt – is described as a white male about 6 feet tall, weighing about 240 pounds with short brown hair and numerous tattoos. He was last seen wearing a black North Face fleece, a dark gray T-shirt, blue jeans and tan army boots.

His dog is a Rottweiler with white around his mouth.

Investigators have been trying to talk to anyone who knows Christman, but so far nobody has heard from him, Krantz said.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact Lt. Karen Smith at 692-4317 or the Detective Bureau at 692-4312.

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