Magoffin County man still missing

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - The search continues for missing Magoffin County man, Freddie Brown.

Kentucky State Police are now in charge of the investigation, and officials say they are still considering it to be a missing person case.

Friends and family of Brown say they have searched each day he's been missing.

They say there has still been no word of where he is or his condition, but are trying to stay hopeful.

Many hills make up the Johnson Fork area of Magoffin County, but search crews say none of them show any trace of Freddie Brown.

“Everywhere they've looked, no signs, no tracks, nothing. And they've searched everywhere up above his house, everywhere we could possibly think of, this whole entire holler,” said Brown’s sister, Tiffany Lambert.

Brown has been missing for 9 days and his father says he hasn't stopped searching since.

“We've been searching a little bit everyday about 3 - 4 hours a day. We searched today about 3 - 4 hours and nothing,” said Sambo Brown.

State police continued the search on Friday by flying over multiple locations. Officials say they are investigating leads within the community.

However, family members can't help but be suspicious of those who were with him last.

“The details from his girlfriend and his two friends just don’t make a bit of since, dropping him off in the middle of nowhere and then we don't see him,” said Lambert.

His family fears they may not find him alive.

“We don't know for sure yet, it seems that if he was alive he would have contacted one of us that's why we don't know what to believe yet,” said Brown.

And with the uncertainty comes one request.

“I would like anybody that knows anything to please come forward, please, for us,” said Lambert.

If you have any information you can contact State Police Post 9 at 606-433-7711.

Updated Sunday, March 3, 2013

MAGOFFIN COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Search and rescue crews from across the region came to Magoffin County Sunday to search for a Magoffin County man that has been missing for four days.

Freddie Howard, who is also known as Freddie Brown, is 29 years old and has been missing since Wednesday.

“When it came the first of the month, he never called his mother or nothing and we was sure he was missing then,” said Brown’s father Sambo Brown.

They say they're not sure what has happened, but are suspecting the worst.

“A boy called up here and told his mother, I guess it was Thursday, that they had had a fight and he ran outside and hid under the trailer, and then was going out there and that if he was alive he was going to shoot him,” said Brown.

Brown was last seen in blue jeans, a green hooded jacket and work boots.

Search and rescue crews spent all Sunday afternoon looking for any signs of where Brown could be.

Officials say he was last seen by his mother off of Johnson Fork Road, but she tells officials that she's not sure which direction he was going, which makes the job for search and rescue crews that much harder.

“The biggest issue is the lack of evidence or signs of knowing where that individual is. If you interview 3 or 4 different people each one of them saw him at a different time,” said Clay Corbett with East Kentucky Trackers.

Officials suspended the search because of a lack of information. They say they will resume searching once they have more details on his location.

Crews that assisted in the search were East Kentucky Trackers, Morgan County Search and Rescue, Magoffin County Sheriff’s Office and the Magoffin County Search and Rescue team.

Officials with the sheriff's office do not suspect any foul play, and is asking anyone that may have information to contact them at 606-349-2914.


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