Family still searches for missing man two years later

By: Rebekah Pewitt Email
By: Rebekah Pewitt Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Two years after family members reported him missing, a Knox County man has still not been found.

The pictures of her missing brother still bring Darlene Rice to tears.

“I get out here and I look around at these mountains, and I'm just wondering where he could be you know what has somebody done to him. That's every day for me, every day,” says Rice.

The last time she or anyone else saw Cecil Baker was two years ago. His family says he was on his way to Michigan, but he never made it. And say they have feared the worst ever since.

“The first year it was really hard, I mean it's never been easy but after two years we're just praying somebody out there knows something,” says Baker’s niece Gerald Gray.

With another year gone, they say they're beginning to lose hope.

“It doesn't get any easier it gets harder. Because after two years you finally come to realize he's not coming home, and chances are we're never going to know what happened,” says Gray.

So with that they search for answers, and the peace of mind that comes with them.

“Everybody goes on,” says Gray, “His friends his family everybody has to go on but that's something that you can't put to rest. We have no closure.”

They say Baker was last seen in Barbourville driving a lime green 1994 Geo, and hope one day he will be seen driving home through these hills he once called home.

Family members of baker are still offering a $10,000 reward for any information that helps police find him.

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