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Family members desperate to find missing man

By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email
By: Elizabeth Dorsett Email

32-year-old Ernest Gilliland has been missing for more than three days, prompting rescue squads to join family members and friends who are looking for him at a creek on Gilliland Lane in Somerset.

"Please call us," his sister, Crystal Gilliland said with tears in her eyes and a wavering voice. "There are a lot of people looking for you who love you. We want you to come home."

During an initial search of the creek where police say Gilliland was last, Crystal and some friends found his baseball cap.

"He never went anywhere without his hat on," she explained.

Crystal says her brother has had some hard times lately and police say right before he vanished, Ernest Gilliland had a fight with his second ex-wife over a car that was registered to both of them.

Police believe Gilliland bashed the windows out of the car and did some body damage to it before intentionally driving it into the creek on Gilliland Lane, near his grandmother's home.

Detective Chris Gates with the Somerset Police Department says Ernest Gilliland is not in any trouble and police and rescue squads just want to make sure he is OK.

"Just give us a call and the whole thing will be over," Gates said.

"We have a lot of people praying," continued Crystal Gilliland. "That's pretty much all we can do right now."

Police do say some of Ernest Gilliland Junior's favorite hang-out spots are just over the state line in Tennessee. They say there is no evidence in the car that he would have been hurt in the accident.


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