BRIMFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The search continues for a Brimfield man that was reported missing Friday night.

The search has ended for today now that it's dark, but Brimfield Police Chief Charles Kuss tells Western Mass News their efforts to find 54-year-old Eric Malerbi will continue tomorrow.

Chief Kuss tell us that this search is going on in the area of Long Pond.

Several agencies are involved as part of this search, including the Brimfield Fire Department, the Oxford Fire Department, Massachusetts State Police, and the Tolland County Dive Team among many others.

Chief Kuss says one of the theories they are looking into is whether or not he may have fallen through the ice.

"This time of year," Chief Kuss tells us. "Some people have a misconception of the thickness of the ice, and whether or not it'll support you when you get there. We're searching the area, and we know he enjoys walking and hiking in this area so both the wooded area and the area of the lake itself is being searched."

Chief Kuss says there is no threat to the public and that this is a well being search, not a crime investigation.

Malerbi was last seen wearing a dark, fleece jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone who knows his whereabouts is asked to contact the Brimfield Police Department at 413-245-7222.

The agencies will resume their search tomorrow.

Chief Kuss tells Western Mass News that it will continue until they've exhausted all options.

Western Mass News will continue to follow this developing story. Stay with us online and on-air starting at 6PM on ABC40 for the latest details.

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