Harriman State Park – Volunteers attempting to search the area of Seven Lakes Drive in the Bear Mountains section of Harriman State Park were ticketed by officers of the New York State Parks Police for trespassing and illegally parked vehicles, sources told JP.
More than 30 such tickets were issued to volunteers by 2 officers of the Park Police.
This is the exact location where the vehicle with the body of Peretz Sontag was later discovered.
Volunteers of United Search and Rescue have told JP that last week Monday and again on Thursday they attempted to search the exact area where Mr. Sontag was found, but they were turned away by the Park Police.
The sources noted, that when the organizers of the volunteers search efforts reached out to the Park Police to assist with the search, they refused to take part in the search, claiming that they do not have enough resources. However, for some reason, they found resources to issue tickets.
Town of Ramapo Councilman Daniel Friedman sent out the following message on twitter:
If you received a NYS ticket while involved in the search for Mr. Sontag, please let me know so that I can ask that your ticket be voided.
— Daniel Friedman (@CouncilmanDF) March 23, 2014
Councilman Friedman told JP that any volunteer ticketed while participating in the search should directly email him at FriedmanD@Ramapo-ny.gov and he will appeal to the NYS Police to have all these tickets dismissed.