Tips pour in as community continues search for missing man

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MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Family and friends continue to search for an American Fork man who’s been missing since Thursday.
 
Shortly after Paul Swenson, 30, disappeared, his car was found in what police call suspicious circumstances.
 
For the last several days volunteers have been handing out flyers hoping someone will recognize Swenson. While not having any answers has been hard for loved ones, they say number of tips coming in is giving them hope he can be found.
 
“There are a lot of emotions, but we are still very hopeful,” said Sam Swenson, brother. 
 
 
A swarm of volunteers showed up to help in the search for Swenson Monday evening. He was supposed to go to an appointment Thursday afternoon, and then his car was found the next morning in Salt Lake City under suspicious circumstances.
 
Paul’s brother says while they have few answers the outpouring from the community has been a huge help.
 
“We’re still very, very hopeful and we’ve had so much help and support that I would say that’s helped a lot in this situation,” said Sam.
 
While these volunteers hit the ground handing out flyers, friends have also stepped up with a major social media campaign. Friends say the effort is reaching farther, and resulting new reports every day.
 
“Even though we just don’t know, it’s been really nice because every hour we’re getting several tips coming in,” said Cody Wilding, Paul’s friend. 
 

 
Wilding says it’s been hard not knowing what happened to Paul, but he says their efforts are only focused on finding him.
 
“I’m here to find Paul, and I’ll think about it afterwards, but right now we’re just focusing on how to find him,” said Wilding. 
 
American Fork Police said Monday afternoon that Paul may have last been seen riding a bike and wearing a black hat.

His family has also set up a GoFundMe page to help continue to fund search efforts. 

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Swenson is 6 feet tall, 190 lbs. with red hair and hazel eyes. He has a half-sleeve of tattoos on his right arm. He was last seen wearing a gray short sleeve shirt, black jean pants and black Converse shoes.

If you have seen him or have any other information, you are asked to call American Fork Police at 801-794-3970.

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