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Father Is Still Waiting For His Son To Come Home

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

He's been missing for months and there is still no sign of an eastern Kentucky man who vanished last May.

His father says he's still waiting for his son to come home.

27 year old Travis Wilson disappeared last year.

He was last seen in Middlesboro nearly nine months ago.

“You miss him, you'd give anything to see him again,” Jerry Wilson, Travis Wilson’s father, said.

The last time Jerry Wilson saw his son was last May in Middlesboro.

He says after getting off work, Travis went back out for what he thought was a quick trip to the store, but he never came back.

After an all out search three weeks later on nearby Fonde Mountain rescue crews found Wilson's abandoned car, but search dogs didn't pick up any scent of him still in the area.

“They just tracked it back to the road and that's the last thing anybody's even seen or heard from him,” Jerry said.

Travis' father says his 27 year old son was often upset after developing paranoid schizophrenia several years ago and he would seek out serenity.

“He'd go to the mountain tops at night, I guess it got him closer to God. He'd see the stars it was quiet and peaceful for him,” Jerry said.

It's under those stars each night that he tries to send a message to his son.

“I just worry about him and I pray every night he's safe. I tell him I'm sorry. A person always wishes they could do more,” Jerry said.

For now, all Jerry Wilson can do is hang on to hope that his son Travis is still out there somewhere.

“Travis, if you can see this come home, I love you, miss you. Just call and we'll come get you,” Jerry said.

WYMT’s Jeff Allen talked with Middlesboro Police Chief Jeff Sharpe and he tells me they still have an active missing person's case open on Travis Wilson, but they've had no new tips or leads in the case for months now

They urge anyone who might have seen Travis Wilson or know something to call Middlesboro police.


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