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UPDATED: Police Rescind Public’s Invitation To Assist In Lindsey Piccone Search


Credit: DCNR

Credit: DCNR

UPDATED: 5:37 p.m., Wednesday:

Bensalem police have rescinded the request to have members of the public take part in Thursday’s planned search of Tyler State Park.

Police said the search is accepting only first responders. The message, according to a command officer, was sent to the region’s media outlets as a mistake.

Original Post:

The public is invited to help trained searchers comb Tyler State Park Thursday for a missing 21-year-old woman.

Bensalem police confirmed to NewtownPANow.com that members of the public are invited to meet searchers at the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) parking lot just off Swamp Road at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 20. From that location, search teams will fan out around the 1,700-acre state park that sits in Newtown Township, Northampton and Wrightstown to look for missing Bensalem resident Lindsey Piccone.

Piccone’s car was found at Tyler State Park in Newtown Township on the evening of September 6. Authorities immediately began a search of the state park.

In the time since her disappearance, several intense but unsuccessful searches of the park were conducted.

“There are still a lot of unanswered questions that I don’t have. We still don’t know where she is. Is she alive? Is she dead?” Piccone’s mother Jeanette said in an emotional plea on Facebook Tuesday evening. 

The family said Piccone left a note before she disappeared. The note reportedly was “very vague” and did not state if the 21 year old planned to run away or harm herself.

Heather Andrews, a member of Piccone’s family, said everything in Piccone’s life was normal up until the time of her disappearance.

“Lindsey, we love you. If you could see this, please call,” Jeanette Piccone pleaded.

Searchers returning to the camp office last month. Credit: Tom Sofield/NewtownPANow.com

Searchers returning to the camp office last month.
Credit: Tom Sofield/NewtownPANow.com

A $7,000 reward is being offered for any information that leads to the discovery of the young woman who went missing.

Thursday’s search will include DCNR, Bensalem police, Newtown Township police and the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue.

Piccone is 5-foot-3, 120 pounds and was last seen wearing a black tank top, police said.

Authorities have said that Piccone did not have her cellphone with her at the time she disappeared.

Anyone with information on Piccone’s whereabouts is asked to call Bensalem detectives at 215-633-3719.


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Tom Sofield

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Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: tom@newtownpanow.com Phone: 215-431-1001