Family, police still searching for missing Berea man

Published: Aug. 17, 2016 at 7:08 PM EDT
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Berea Police say they are still searching for clues in the disappearance of Jacob Tipton.

Police say the 25-year-old was reported missing in April.

Lt. Jake Reed said they have had a hard time locating any leads he said at this point it's like the investigation has hit a brick wall.

"At this point we don't have a whole lot of information, so we are just hoping maybe somebody will see this and if they have any information they will give us a call," Reed said.

Reed says their only lead in four months was when they found Tiptons SUV abandoned in Hart County more than 100 miles away. A detective working the case told WKYT the car was towed from a parking lot near a cemetery.

Police say when they finally located the SUV it had been cleaned and placed in a used car lot.

Reed says they did a full forensic work-up on the SUV, but no evidence as to what happened to Tipton was found.

Tiptons mother, Tonja Grant lives in Florida. She says since his disappearance everyday has been a struggle.

"It's heart wrenching. It's everyday living vicariously through my telephone," she said. "It's every time time I get an area code that 859 area code or a Kentucky area code your heart stops."

Grant says at this point they are not going to slow down their search for information.

"My hope now is just to find him. I do not think we are going to find him in a good place," Grant said. I know my son and he knows that I do have some health issues and that if he could contact me he would."

Anyone with information on Tipton's disappearance is asked to call the Berea Police Department at 859-986-8456.

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