MIDDLETON - The family of a Middleton man who was reported missing on Halloween in 2005, has increased its reward offer to $30,000 for information leading to his whereabouts.

The increase in the amount from $20,000 to $30,000 was announced yesterday by the office of Essex County Disrict Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.

John Lima, a construction worker, was 26 years old when reported missing.

Lima was last seen at his family's River Street home the evening of Friday, Oct. 28, 2005 after leaving his girlfriend's house in Chelsea.

His family reported him missing three days later.

Middleton and State Police investigators have questioned numerous people about his disappearance, and searched the area of his residence with dogs and a helicopter, but thus far have been unsuccessful in their efforts.

Police have not ruled foul play in or out.

Family's members said it appeared his bed had not been slept in. His wallet and cigarettes were on the bed, but his cell phone was gone.

He attended Masconomet Regional High School and had worked for his father's construction company.

Lima had a history of drug abuse and had a criminal record stretching to his teens, but he had been out of jail for four months and was believed to be drug-free before he disappeared.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Middleton Police at (978) 774-4424, of State Police at (978) 745-8908. Callers may also use an anonymous state police tip line, which is (508) 820-2121.

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