Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 54-year-old Townsend-area man who was last seen on Jan. 3.

UPDATE: Schirling was located and is in good health, Delaware State Police announced Jan. 7

Police are asking for the public's help in locating a 54-year-old Townsend-area man who was last seen on Jan. 3.

Michael G. Schirling was last seen leaving his home in the 200 block of Ebenezer Church Road at 4:30 a.m., according to Delaware State Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.

Troopers have been unable to make contact with Schirling and attempts to locate him have proven unsuccessful, Shavack said.

A Gold Alert was issued for Schirling just before 9 p.m. on Monday.

Schirling is described as being 6' and 170 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a gray winter coat, a black knit hat, blue jeans and brown boots.

Anyone with information about Schirling's whereabouts is asked to call 911 or Delaware State Police at (302) 378-5749.

Anonymous tips also can be provided through Delaware Crime Stoppers by calling (800) TIP-3333, online at www.tipsubmit.com or by texting information to 274637 (CRIMES) and starting your message with "DSP."