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Missing WV Man’s Vehicle Located in Garrett County

October 29th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

A search is ongoing for a missing West Virginia man after his vehicle is located in Garrett County.

The missing individual is identified as Hassan “AJ” Aino, 22, of Morgantown, West Virginia. Aino is described as an African American man, 5’3”, 135 pounds with a mustache and short beard. Aino was reported missing on October 25, 2020.

On October 22, 2020, the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack received a phone call from a hunter who reported an abandoned vehicle with a broken driver’s side window parked in a large pull off area at the intersection of Lower New Germany Road and Avilton Lonaconing Road in Garrett County.  A check of the vehicle registration identified the owner as Hassan Aino of Morgantown, WV. 

The vehicle, a 2019 Subaru Impreza, was not reported stolen nor was it flagged for any reason.

After several attempts were made to contact Aino, the vehicle’s registered owner, Maryland State Police requested Morgantown City Police Department to respond to Aino’s listed address in an attempt to make contact.  Continuous attempts were made over the course of the next 48 hours, all with negative results.

 On Sunday, October 25, a trooper from the McHenry Barrack was able to make contact with  Aino’s sister and father in Morgantown, WV.  The father advised he was going to the Morgantown City Police Department to file a missing persons report. Maryland State Police later followed up with the Morgantown City Police Department to ensure the missing persons report had been completed.

Due to information received during the investigation, police from Morgantown City Police Department requested a search of the wooded area near where the abandoned vehicle was found.  On October 27, a thorough search of the area was conducted by Maryland State Police from the Criminal Enforcement Division, K-9 Unit and McHenry Barrack, personnel from Garrett County Emergency Management, and officers from Natural Resources Police. Nothing suspicious was uncovered during the search.