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Mayor, Police Chief React to Negative Article

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As the search continues for Jacob Samusenko, the 17-year-old who has been missing for over two weeks, an Erie man is criticizing the mayor and police for what he calls a lack of attention to this case.

On Wednesday, the Huffington Post had an article about Jacob Samusenko, and the community-led search for him on Tuesday. In that article, organizer Adrian Ewing said that police and the Mayor Sinnott just aren't giving attention to this case.

Erie Police Chief Steve Franklin and Mayor Joe Sinnott both said that just isn't true. They say the police are doing everything possible to help find Jacob, including keeping in constant contact with his family.

"Myself and other staff members, took a ride down along the Bayfront several days ago, just looking around trying to follow up on some theories we had," said Chief Franklin. "Everyone's involved, everyone's looking and hopefully we'll be successful in finding him."

"Anybody that knows what's going on in this case is very satisfied with what's happening," said Mayor Sinnott. "The (Samusenko) family is happy with the progress the police have made and the things that they're doing, and the attention they're giving, so that's really the telling part."

Ewing, on Wednesday night, did not want to comment on the article.

Again, if you have any information police are asking you to call (814) 870-1120 or (814) 870-1158.

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