Pottsville Bureau of Police has renewed its appeal to the public in its ongoing search for 27-year-old Zachary Vidal, who has been missing since October 2022.
Vidal, believed to be homeless and dealing with both mental health and substance abuse issues, has not been in contact with his family for several weeks, sparking increasing concern for his safety.
He was known to frequent the vicinity of the Pottsville Free Public Library and Wheel (now Tres) restaurant on W. Market St. in Pottsville.
Vidal is described as 5 feet 10 inches tall with short to medium length brown hair, and weighing approximately 150 to 170 pounds. There have also been possible sightings of him in the Schuylkill Haven Area and around Sharp Mountain.
According to NamUs, a missing persons database, Vidal was last seen on Oct. 22, 2022 in the area of the 7-11 store along Route 61 in Pottsville, at about 4 p.m. Later that day, he reportedly attended a gathering at a home in the city.
People at that residence tell authorities Vidal left the home early the next morning and hasn’t been seen since.
Unconfirmed reports speculate that Vidal was seen walking the railroad tracks leading out of Pottsville.
Pottsville PD is urging anyone with information on Vidal’s whereabouts to come forward. They can contact Detective Welsh at the Pottsville Police Department directly at 570-622-1234, extension 1333.
Alternatively, anonymous tips can be submitted to the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or online at https://www.p3tips.com/tipform.aspx?ID=107.
In an effort to accelerate the search, a cash reward is being offered for information that leads to Vidal’s location.