A Massapequa Park man reported missing by his family Monday after they thought he went for a morning run is safe and in Montana, his father told Newsday Thursday.
Michael Adragna, 27, was last seen at about 6:15 a.m. Monday by a neighbor, police said Wednesday.
The neighbor told family members Adragna was wearing running clothes. Police said Wednesday that Adragna was known to jog through the nearby Massapequa Preserve.StoryCopter, police dogs deployed in search for runner
But he left his car, wallet and cellphone at the home he shares with his paternal grandmother. When his family didn't hear from him, they reported him missing later Monday.
Adragna's father, Michael J. Adragna, 51, of Lake Grove, said his son phoned him Thursday to say he was unharmed.
"He surfaced this morning in Montana," Michael J. Adragna said of his son. "He said he needed some space, needed to clear his head, people wouldn't understand. I said, 'Really? I'm your father. Why don't you give me a shot?' "
A spokesman said Nassau police could not immediately confirm the father's account.
The senior Adragna said he alerted police detectives right after speaking to his son Thursday and they were attempting to contact his son in Montana.
Earlier this week, police launched a search of the preserve.
"I was just glad to know he was alive and let him know there were thousands of people looking for him," said Michael J. Adragna, adding that when told of the massive search effort, his son seemed oblivious.
"I guess he wanted to let his family know he was safe."