Wilkes-Barre police received a report that Luzerne County Councilman Stephen A. Urban is missing, but Urban’s son, Stephen J. Urban, said he’s confident his father is safe and is not worried.
Police said Urban’s wife, Linda Urban, reported him missing at 10:45 p.m. Thursday. Linda Urban told police she last had contact with her husband via email on Aug. 19 and noted he provided no indication of any upcoming travel plans.
Stephen J. Urban, who is also a county councilman, said his father sent him an email Tuesday morning indicating he would not be attending Tuesday’s council meeting and was having problems with his cell phone.
He said his grandmother told him the elder Urban recently picked up his fishing pole, a cooler and backpack from her house, which leads him to believe he went on a spur-of-the-moment fishing expedition.
“I’m sure he’s fine. I’m sure he just wanted to get away and relax,” Stephen J. Urban said.
He said his father has gone on unannounced fishing trips in the past, including salmon fishing in Alaska. He said his father works hard and is not obligated to report his whereabouts to others. He also noted his father has extensive military training and knows how to survive in the outdoors.
“He’s a grown man,” he said.
Stephen J. Urban said he told Linda Urban not to worry and didn’t believe a police report was necessary.
In a press release headlined in bold print “Luzerne County Councilman reported missing,” city officials said anyone with information pertaining to Stephen A. Urban’s whereabouts should call Luzerne County 911 or the city police department at 826-8106.
Stephen J. Urban said he will contact police to tell them about the email he received from his father.
Stephen A. Urban could not be reached for comment on his cell phone, and his voice mail box was full.