Family and friends of a Tamaqua native are asking the public's help in finding him after he disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Jason "Jay" Hahn, 22, of the Andreas region of south Tamaqua, was seen last weekend, possibly late June 14, when he left the house with a friend.
"It was late Saturday night or early Sunday morning," said Derek Snyder.
Hahn has been living with the Snyder family for the past year.
"The friend said he dropped off Jay near Mary D or New Philadelphia," Snyder said. "But his story kept changing."
The friend was driving a Jeep, an older style, possibly a red CRV. Snyder said it was difficult to determine the exact color of the Jeep because it was nighttime when Hahn was picked up.
That was the last time the Snyders or anyone else has heard from Hahn, something out of character, they said.
Hahn carried a cellphone and was very dependable about using it.
"He would always stay in touch," said Snyder. "By Monday, I really started to get worried."
But then came an unexpected turn of events.
"We found out the friend is in jail. Apparently he had stolen the Jeep and had picked up Jay in a stolen Jeep," Snyder said.
Snyder immediately went to police but he said he was told there is little they can do since Hahn was an adult who'd left of his own free will.
"Then we found out his cellphone had been turned off the next day."
Hahn grew up in Tamaqua and is a graduate of Tamaqua Area High School. His family is very worried. They still live in Tamaqua, and Snyder said his mother has medical issues.
Snyder and Hahn's older brother Harry are expected to contact the Schuylkill County Sheriff's Department today to see if any kind of help is available.
In the meantime, they're circulating posters in all locations between Tamaqua and Pottsville.
Hahn stands 5 feet, 10 inches and weighs about 120 to 130 pounds. He was known to wear a heavy, corded-type necklace, and was last seen wearing a T-shirt, jeans and necklace.
Anyone who saw Hahn or who might have information is asked to call Snyder at 631-402-4649 or Harry Hahn at 570-621-8340.