Search continues for missing Hadley man

  • Patrick Kroll, of Hadley, who was reported missing on Tuesday. HADLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT

  • Patrick Kroll, of Hadley, who police reported missing on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. HADLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT

Staff Writer
Friday, March 22, 2019

HADLEY — Police continue to look for a man who has been missing since Monday afternoon.

Patrick Kroll, 57, of West Street, was reported missing by his co-workers at Williamsburg Pharmacy and Hardware when he failed to show up for work on Tuesday. Police searched the area around his home with a helicopter and dogs, and knocked on doors, but their efforts have been unsuccessful.

When reached by email Hadley Police Lt. Mitchell Kuc said he didn’t have any additional information on the case.

“We have received some leads and we have expanded our door-to-door canvass, but we have not heard from, nor do we know where Mr. Kroll is,” Kuc wrote.

Kroll’s whereabouts have been unclear since Monday at noon when he was last known to be at the Cinemark at the Hampshire Mall.

Kroll has worked at Williamsburg Pharmacy and Hardware for around a decade, starting as an employee in the hardware department before becoming the manager of that part of the store, according to owner Greg Conz.

“So many customers are coming in and expressing their concerns,” Conz said Thursday. 

Conz said that he and Kroll were scheduled to interview two job candidates last Tuesday morning, but Kroll didn’t show up for the first interview. 

“We kept trying to reach him. It was so uncharacteristic of Patrick,” Conz said. “He is so professional and responsive.”

After Kroll missed the second interview that morning, Conz sent one of his employees over to Kroll’s house. He said Kroll’s car was there, but nobody answered the door. That’s when they knew something was wrong, and immediately called Hadley police.

Police said that Kroll’s phone was located inside the house. 

“We here feel like there’s just a big void. It’s a family here, it’s a small business,” Conz said. “Patrick, for being here that long, has become a friend and family member.”

Conz said the mood at the store has been somber. He described being in a state of shock, looking out the window every time he walks past to see if Patrick is pulling up in his car.

“I’m hoping that I get a phone call and he’s up in Maine or something like that,” Conz said. “I would just like to see him back again.”

Dusty Christensen can be reached at dchristensen@gazettenet.com.