Search continues for missing Knox Co. man

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Parents said they just want to know what happened to their son.

Jonathan "Ryan" Foley was last seen Tuesday in Knox County. Police along with his family members are getting more concerned with each passing hour.

Ryan Foley's parents said the 26-year-old left their home on Tuesday just after 4 p.m. They said he borrowed his father's cell phone and never returned.

“You feel empty inside and you feel helpless,” said Beverly Foley.

Foley said she was looking forward to her and her son's birthday on Friday. He went missing three days before their shared birthday.

“You just want to sit there and wait by the phone or try to get out there and hunt, but you know, you don't know where to go,” said Foley.

Foley’s mother and father said he left home to run an errand on Tuesday and borrowed his dad's cell phone. They said he told them he would be back in 15 minutes.

His parents told police they found his black 2002 Ford F-150 extended cab pick up truck in a parking lot next to the Knox County Hospital. Police said he is nowhere to be found. His mother said she is pleading for answers.

“It look like his truck. it looked like it had been drove through a swamp,” said Foley.
“I look at that truck and think, ‘what’s my son look like?’”

Beverly and Charles Foley, Jr. said their world was turned upside down by the disappearance of their youngest child.

“It upsets your whole life especially one that's' missing that you can't find, that's the worst part,” said Foley.
“You don't now where they're at you don't know if they're in a creek or in a river… since his truck's been found, where is he?’”

They said they just want him home...

“I just want to find my son and bring him home safe if at all possible, and if not, we can be prepared for what comes but I want to find my boy and so does his father,” said Foley.

“I love him and I would like for him to come home… one way or the other,” said Charles Foley, Jr.

Det. Steve Owens of the Barbourville Police Department said due to the nature of the disappearance it was an ongoing investigation and they were seeking help from the public.

“I pray that Jesus helps us and brings him home safely,” said Foley.

Police said they were told Foley was last seen wearing a red hoodie, a black cap and blue jeans with red and grey shoes.

Anyone with information should call the Barbourville Police Department at 606-546-3441

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