PITTSBURGH - New surveillance video police released Saturday afternoon shows a missing South Side man during the early-morning hours of Dec. 16, the day he disappeared.
In the new footage, Paul Kochu, 22, is seen staggering past the Giant Eagle on Wharton Street around 2:46 a.m. on Dec. 16.
Police spokeswoman Sonya Toler said Paul Kochu is seen heading inbound toward the Tenth Street Bridge in the video and is holding a white object in his right hand that is believed to be a tissue or paper towel. Toler added that Paul Kochu appeared to be wearing a dark-colored jacket and dark sweatpants.
Paul Kochu, a nurse at Allegheny General Hospital, was last seen during the early-morning hours Dec. 16 at his home on Wharton Street.
“I hope somebody finds him. Because where could he have gone? There's nowhere to go. I mean, there's a park that way and there's Carson Street that way,” said Rachel Sample.
Paul Kochu’s father, Jack Kochu, told Channel 11’s Jennifer Borrasso that police notified him about the video, which was obtained from a neighbor’s surveillance camera.
"He felt good he was able to do something. That is why he has the cameras up,” said Theresa Frank, a neighbor. "Let's hope they find him. This is the South Side. It’s a lot to cover here; there are a lot of places."
The search for Paul Kochu has been ongoing, even over the holidays.
Channel 11’s Jennifer Tomazic learned Friday that Paul Kochu’s sister came back to Pittsburgh to search for him after the family spoke with psychics about where he may have been the night he vanished.
Jack Kochu told Tomazic over the phone Friday that his daughter, Jessica Kochu, and her uncle came back to Pittsburgh to look for him on Christmas Eve into Christmas Day.
Jack Kochu said they spent 30 hours looking at places like the Heritage Trail.
“Jessica had been in touch with some friends with psychic abilities in California, and they suggested a few places to go but it turned up nothing,” said Jack Kochu.
Paul Kochu's immediate family said Saturday that they are now offering a $20,000 reward for anyone who has information that would lead to finding Paul Kochu.
Anyone with information about his disappearance is asked to call 911 or 412-323-7141.
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