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Police Search for Man Missing for 2 Weeks; Car Found Burned in Fairmount Park

Ira Payne Bishop, 38, was last seen at Harrah’s Casino in Chester more than two weeks ago.


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Philadelphia police are searching for a man who has been missing for more than two weeks.

A police K-9 team and the man’s relatives scoured Fairmount Park in the rain on Sunday night after a Dodge Challenger belonging to 38-year-old Ira Payne Bishop of Claymont, Del., was found burned in the park. 6ABC reports that several articles of clothing were also found nearby, not far from Randolph Drive, though it’s not sure if they’re connected to Bishop’s disappearance.

Bishop, who has a three-year-old daughter, was last seen at Harrah’s Casino in Chester more than two weeks ago. His family told FOX29 that he wouldn’t have any reason to go to Fairmount Park.

Philadelphia Police captain Frank Llewellyn said officers conducted a “pretty conclusive search” on Sunday, and “we can’t find anybody back here,” according to FOX29. A spokesman for the police department said on Monday morning that officers are still “out there investigating.”

Biship’s aunt, Mira Bishop, told the news organization that the family just wants “some type of closure for him.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Chester police at 610-447-8424 or Philadelphia police at 215-686-TIPS (8477).