Police check woods, shore near Montauk home, ask for public's help

Search Begins For Missing Photographer Peter Beard




A police command post near the home of photographer Peter Beard on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk, April 1, 2020. Beard, 82, who has dementia, wandered away from his house Tuesday night. Independent/Gordon M. Grant

Noted photographer Peter Beard has gone missing.

 A search is being conducted by state and local police on Old Montauk Highway in Montauk near his home. The Montauk Fire Department deployed rescue vehicles and manpower to assist the East Hampton Town police, New York State police, and New York State’s Park Police in their search.

According to Nejma Beard, the artist’s wife, her husband was wearing a dark blue fleece, black jogging pants, and blue running shoes when he went missing Tuesday, March 31.

Beard, 82, has blue eyes and silver hair, stands 5’10” tall, and weighs 176 pounds. The East Hampton Town police said in a press release issued April 1 that Beard is suffering from dementia and may need medical attention.

Police deployed a helicopter as part of the search, and were reportedly going to employ a canine unit, too.

Anyone who believes they have seen Beard should contact East Hampton Town police at 631-537-7575.

t.e@indyeastend.com

Independent/Gordon M. Grant