A search is now concentrated along the Clinton River for a Macomb County bank president who vanished over the weekend.
There’s still no sign of 62-year-old David Widlak, whose car was still in the parking lot Sunday in Mt. Clemens outside of his offices. A maintenance worker found his office in disarray early Monday morning.
Macomb County Sheriff’s deputies Tuesday afternoon searched the banks of the Clinton River near the YMCA in Mt. Clemens for Widlack. His family joined deputies during the search.
Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said investigators are looking into Widlack’s personal and financial records for clues to his whereabouts, and a search of the area where the bank is located will continue.
“Right now we are trying to look at certain things and eliminate possibilities,” Hackel said, “we know he had to leave the
building somehow, he is obviously not there, and he did not leave with his vehicle, so we’re going to have to eliminate the possibility of him being in or around the close proximity to the bank.”
At a news conference Tuesday, Hackel said surveillance camera footage has offered some help.
“We do recognize that he walked out of that bank alone. We did see that he walked in the direction that was the back side of the bank, if you will, the northern door to the bank. When he walked, it appears as though he was walking to the neighborhoods in the city,” Hackle said.
Widlak’s wife, Ann also spoke at the news conference, thanking the community for their help and support, and sending a tearful message to her husband.
“Dave… if you are hearing this, please come home,” she said.
Widlak was expected at the bank over the weekend, but his wife said he failed to call her at the expected time.
The Macomb County Sheriff’s office is handling Widlak’s disappearance, with the FBI being tapped for assistance.
The Detroit News reports that Community Central Bank had a $13 million loss the first half of this year, with more than seven-percent of the loans held as assets delinquent, meaning borrowers are not making payments. And, anything more than two-percent raises red flags within the banking industry.
After earning a three-star ranking a couple of years ago, the bank had a two-star ranking at the start of this year, then dropped to zero stars. Authorities are looking at all the possible scenarios in the fate of Widlak, including foul play. Anyone with information is asked to call Macomb County Sheriff’s detective unit.
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