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Brooksville Police call off ground search for missing man


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The Brooksville Police Department conducted a ground search in the area of Southern Hills Plantation Club on Friday morning for a New York man missing since Easter Sunday.

The search started behind Big Tree Mobile Home - RV Village at 8:15 a.m. Friday, said Capt. Rick Hankins, and moved into the Cascades at Southern Hills.

Hankins said Brooksville police and volunteer K-9 agencies used cadaver dogs to search for Kossman, whom they did not believe would be found alive.

The search ended just before noon after the area was thoroughly searched, Hankins said. Kossman was not found.

Hankins said the search took place on Friday because Kossman’s wife had traveled back to their home in New York, and confirmed that her husband had not been using private business credit cards in the interim period.

“We’re just hoping he’s back in New York and not making contact with his family,” Hankins said.

His cell phone last pinged a Verizon tower about 1.2 miles from the search area on Monday, Hankins said, and the phone information indicated he was heading in a southeast direction.

Four dogs searched the woods in shifts, Hankins said, and were rotated out. Handlers made contact with the command post and provided GPS coordinates every 20 minutes.

The ground search was conducted after all other investigative leads were exhausted, Hankins said.

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