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Big Creek Search Dog Team looks for man missing from Cleveland who disappeared in December

Posted at 8:16 AM, Jan 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-05 08:20:14-05

CLEVELAND — Polly Zastawnik of Cleveland continues to hold onto hope that her 59-year-old husband Ben, who has been missing since Dec. 19, will be found alive and well.

Ben Zastawnik, who is 6 feet tall, walked away from his Plymouth Road home wearing black biker boots, jeans, a light blue/gray sweatshirt and a black Pink Floyd hoodie.

Polly told News 5 Ben took very little with him when he unexpectedly left the house.

"He didn't take his keys, he didn't take his wallet, he didn't take his phone," Zastawnik said.

"I never really thought in a million years that something like this would happen."

Zastawnik said her husband suffered from bouts of depression and didn't take his medication with him when he left.

The Big Creek Search Dog Teamwill continue the search in Cleveland's Old Brooklyn neighborhood on Jan. 6.

Team leader Will Rosch told News 5 several of his highly trained search dogs and team members will comb the neighborhood.

Rosch praised Cleveland police second district officers with helping his team with the search effort but said the densely populated area surrounding the Zastawnik family home will make the search more difficult.

"We want to make sure that we put out every effort that we can," Rosch said. "In the neighborhood that he went missing from the lots and the houses are very small,and we can't just go traipsing around people's backyards without permission."

Cleveland Police are offering a $1,000 reward for the first tip that leads to locating Ben Zastawnik.

If you have any information you're asked to contact Cleveland Police at 216-623-5200.

I just have so much thanks for the Cleveland Police, the Big Creek Search Dog Team and everyone who has helped," Zastawnik said.

"I just want him to reach out and come home so we can figure things out and get him the help that he needs if he needs help."