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Sheriff calls for public’s help in search for missing man

By Staff | Oct 23, 2015

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office continues to run into brick walls in their efforts to locate a missing Jefferson County man.

Morten Aigeltinger, a 56-year-old white male, approximately 5′ 8″ and 155 pounds, has been missing since Sept. 9 of this year.

Sheriff Peter Dougherty said in a press conference Wednesday that his office continues to work on leads in the case; however, there have been no developments to help them find Aigeltinger.

A written release handed out at the press conference indicated that the last known sighting of Aigeltinger was on Sept. 8 when he stopped at a Sheetz gas station in Manassas Park, Virginia at 7:05 p.m.

The release went on to say that Aigeltinger was scheduled to arrive at a school in Price William County, Virginia at 1 p.m. on Sept. 9 where he was to provide photography services. He did not arrive there or at his employer’s office.

“No phone calls, vehicle sightings or evidence of credit card or cell phone records have been found that definitely tell us where he was since the afternoon prior when he and his vehicle were at a Sheetz gas station,” Dougherty said.

On the evening of Sept. 14, Aigeltinger’s vehicle, a 2012 Ford F-150 truck, was found on John Rissler Road, approximately one mile from his residence, Rainbow Hill Farm. The sheriff indicated there was no damage to the vehicle showing that it had not been involved in an accident.

Extensive searches were conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, the State Police, local fire companies and others. Doughterty said that the banks of the Shenandoah River, on both sides, were searched; boats searched in the water; cadaver dogs were used and a helicopter from CSX was engaged to assist in the search. No sign of Aigeltinger or any of his personal belongings have been found.

Aigeltinger’s sister, Anne-Lise Eilert-Olsen, traveled from Norway, where the family is originally from. She spoke at Wednesday’s press conference asking anyone with information about her brother to please contact the Sheriff’s office.

“He is my only brother and I am very fond of him,” she said. “Our family, friends and myself are very worried that something serious happened to him.”

She went on to say that Aigeltinger loved his farm here in American and loved working as a photographer. ‘

“My brother was-is–a survivor. He would never just leave or take his own life,” Eilert-Olsen said. “I need to find him. I beg anyone with information to come forward and contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office,” she concluded.

Doughtery said his office, under the leadership of Sgt. Holz, continues to review the physical evidence from the vehicle and Aigeltinger’s residence.

“Some people know something,” Doughtery said. “Even in passing, if someone had a conversation with him and he mentioned a disagreement he was having with someone,” Dougherty commented that information could be helpful.

“We are committed to finding a resolution to this case and finding Morten,” Dougherty said.

Anyone with any information, regardless of how insignificant they may believe it to be, are encouraged to call the Sheriff’s office at 304-728-3205. There is a $1,000 cash reward to anyone who gives information that leads to locating Aigeltinger.