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Bride-to-be postpones wedding plans to search for missing dad

Cornwall, New York bank courier Raymond Locascio vanished July 8, 2014, months before his daughter Suzanne's October wedding. CBS New York

CORNWALL, N.Y. -- A New York bride-to-be has postponed planning her wedding to search for her missing father, reports CBS New York.

Raymond Locascio reportedly vanished July 8, hours after being fitted for a tuxedo for his daughter Suzanne's October wedding. Family told the station the 62-year-old was excited for the event, and was talking about which song to choose for the father-daughter dance.

"He had gone that morning and actually called and talked to me about his tux," Suzanne Locascio told the station. "He was excited for it."

Raymond Locascio is a bank courier who lives with his wife of 41 years in Cornwall, about 60 miles north of New York City, family tells the station. He reportedly dropped his wife Barbara off the afternoon of July 8 in Monroe, about 12 miles southwest of his home, on his way east to his work in Peekskill.

He never made it.

Two days later, his 2006 mint green Ford Taurus was found off the road in Woodbury adjacent to the entrance of numerous hiking trails in Bear Mountain State Park. His family told the station the location of the car was unusual, because it was on a route that led back to Monroe, not to his work in Peekskill.

His family is concerned he could have gotten lost in an area with spotty cell service.

"He's a diabetic. He hadn't had lunch. He works crazy hours. He had been up since two in the morning," his wife Barbara told the station.

Police haven't ruled out foul play, suicide or an accident, reports the station. While the father of the bride reportedly had money problems and his home was in foreclosure, family believes that didn't play a role in his disappearance, especially with the pending wedding.

Family says he wasn't paying for the event, reports the station.

"We have to keep hoping he's out there somewhere," his daughter told the station.

Locascio reportedly doesn't normally travel with his diabetes medication. New York State Police describe him as a white male, five feet, ten inches tall, between 215 and 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a blue polo or t-shirt with the "Beav Ex" logo in it. He wears glasses, and may have been wearing a blue or black baseball cap.

Anyone who may have seen Locascio or his car is asked to contact the New York State Police at 845-457-1388 or the Town of Cornwall Police Department at 845-534-8100.

  • Erin Donaghue

    Erin Donaghue covers crime for CBSNews.com's Crimesider.

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