Family of man missing since September searches around Irondequoit Bay

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The family of a man who has been missing for almost a year is holding onto hope that he may still be alive.

Jeremy Summers, 38, went missing in September 2020.

He was last seen in the area of Dewey and Magee Avenues in the city of Rochester. On Saturday, Summers’ family members took their search to the Irondequoit Bay, because they have received multiple tips from his friends saying that this is where his body could be.

They started their search Saturday afternoon on the upper trails on the west side of the bay, and now they’re searching the southern bay shore along Empire Boulevard in Penfield.

Before Jeremy went missing almost a year ago, his family tells News10NBC he was struggling with addiction.

His brother, aunt, and cousin believe he owed people money. They think that a possible debt could be tied to his disappearance.

The last time Jeremy Summers was seen was when his girlfriend dropped him off at a house near Dewey Avenue. When she came back to pick him up, he was nowhere to be found.

A missing person’s report was filed with the Rochester Police Department.

His brother says he hopes the tips they’ve received about his body potentially being near the bay are wrong. His family is holding onto hope that he is okay.

“If he isn’t here, …I hope he’s somewhere safe. But, at this point, my brother has never gone more than a couple of days without getting ahold of me, and it’s been almost a year that we’ve been looking for him, said Chad Summers, Jeremy’s brother.

Added his cousin Jessica Raisch, "I’ve been trying to stay strong, but I just, I can’t do it no more. Um, but he… if you’re out there, Jeremy, please come home. We love you."

Jeremy has tattoos on his arms and one on his calf. He is about 6 feet tall, 200 pounds. His family says he always wears a baseball cap. He was 38 when he went missing; he would be 39 now.

Jeremy’s family is asking anyone with information to either call the We Help the Missing tip line at 1-866-660-4025or to call the Rochester Police Department. You can remain anonymous either way.