(Photo courtesy of the Maryland State Police / October 13, 2011)

Maryland State Police are asking for help from the public in their continuing search for a Baltimore County man who has been missing from his home since last week and who often visits parks in Harford and Baltimore counties.

Michael Diffenderffer, 52, of the 12000 block of Fork Road in Baldwin, has been missing for more than a week, according to a state police news release.

Diffenderffer is a white man, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 235 pounds. He is believed to be driving a silver 2005 Acura MDX sport utility vehicle. The vehicle has not been found.

Shortly before midnight on Oct. 5, Diffenderffer's wife went to the state police Bel Air Barrack and reported her husband was missing, after last seeing him at their home about 2:15 p.m. According to the news release, the wife said Diffenderffer had left a note saying he had gone out and would be back for dinner.


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State police say they have conducted extensive searches for Diffenderffer on the ground and using helicopters, but have not found him. He is known to visit park areas in Harford and Baltimore counties, as well as western Maryland. Police departments throughout the East Coast also have been notified and are on the lookout for him.

There were no signs of foul play or a struggle at Diffenderffer's residence, the news release said. His family continues to cooperate with state police investigators. Troopers have interviewed numerous relatives and friends during this investigation. A motive for his disappearance has not been established, police said.

Anyone with information is urged to contact state police at the Bel Air Barrack, 410-879-2101.