Search for missing American Fork man Paul Swenson scaled back

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AMERICAN FORK — Paul Swenson's family is scaling back search efforts a week after he disappeared, his brother said Thursday night.

Swenson, 30, was last seen July 27, driving from his American Fork home to an appointment in Salt Lake County. His 2016 BMW X6 four-door sedan was later found in Salt Lake City.

“We will no longer be sending out daily groups in search for my brother Paul,” Stephen Swenson wrote in a statement on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the missing man. “If we get any new leads and believe we might have a location, we may need to ask for search volunteers in the future.”

Earlier Thursday, Stephen Swenson posted that the family met with officials "to determine the next course of action."

“We are following up on every lead in real time with a group of family and friends searching day and night. We continue to ask for your prayers and keep an eye out for any sightings of Paul,” the post said.

Hundreds have helped in searching for Paul Swenson since he vanished. Billboards have carried his missing information from Boise, Idaho, to St. George.

American Fork Police Sgt. Josh Christensen said Tuesday Paul Swenson had visited a doctor complaining of chest pain before he disappeared on July 27. Witnesses noticed Swenson had been acting strangely before he disappeared, Christensen said.

Swenson is 6 feet tall and 190 pounds, with red hair and hazel eyes. His hair is short on the sides and longer on the top, police said. He was last seen wearing a heather-gray short-sleeved shirt, black jean pants and black Converse shoes. He has a half-sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

Anyone with any possible information about Swenson is encouraged to call American Fork police at 801-794-3970 or Salt Lake police at 801-799-3000.

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