Missing man's family pleads for answer

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

A Bell County family is pleading for answers after a man disappears. Bell County Sheriff Department Bruce Bennett said that he was told by his wife that 41-year-old Gary Wayne Sayre was last seen on the evening of Sunday, Jan. 29 when he left his home with a friend.

Charron Sayre said that it is not like Gary to just leave for days. She said he has a medical condition known as Reynold’s Syndrome and is worried about his safety. She said the disorder affects the blood flow to his extremities and he could not survive long in the cold.

“He is not inconsiderate like that he is a very good man he is a very caring man and he took good care of us, that's what he does,” said Sayre, who added that she knows her husband would not just disappear.
Sayre said it has been a struggle recently caring for their 15-year-old son Gabriel, who has severe autism. Gabriel had been in treatment for 15 months, but returned last December and she said that the self-destructive behavior is hard for any parent to witness. She said she would not blame Sayre if he left because he could not handle it.

“I don't hold it against him if he can't do it, I know how hard it is,” said Sayre.
“We have been doing the whole violent child thing for five years, it's like a post traumatic stress thing with him, even when he is not here he still hears him scream.”

She said he left one night with a childhood friend who picked him up at their home on Round Ridge Road. Sayre said that the friend told her that they picked up another man who needed a ride on Highway 190. His wife was also that that the man allegedly argued with Gary Sayre and Sayre got out of the car. His wife said that his friend said he came back to pick him up after dropping off the other man but he was gone.

Police said that they are told the last place Sayre was seen was at the 2 mile marker on Highway 190 near Clairfield, Tennessee.

Gary is a white man, around 5’7’’ weighing about 150 pounds. He has black silver hair that he wears in a pony tail and several tattoos. He was last seen wearing a black leather jacket with a hoodie underneath with jeans, gloves and hiking boots. His wife said she just wants to know he is safe.

“It's ok he needs to let his mom know even if he doesn't call me, call his mom because she is scared to death that he is dead somewhere in a ditch, you know, this isn't his normal behavior,” said Sayre.

There will be a volunteer search Feb. 2 in the Frakes part of Bell County. Everyone will meet at the Chenoa gas station at 9 A.M.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's department at 606-337-3102.


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