By Richard Rourk
A Unicoi County man is still missing, according to local law enforcement.
Lucas “Luc” Vance, 35, of Unicoi, has been missing since Wednesday, Oct. 30. According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, the last contact with Vance was made shortly after midnight on that day in the Marbelton community in Unicoi County.
“Vance was last contacted shortly after midnight on what was late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning,” Hensley said. “He was supposed to show up for work early the next day. That’s when a family member went to check on him and couldn’t find him. That’s when we launched the investigation.”
According to Hensley, the ground search came to an end on Saturday, Nov. 2, but the investigation is still ongoing.
“The investigation is still very active. We’re not going to let up,” Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley said, “We won’t stop until we find him.”
Hensley acknowledged the four-day search involved drones, dogs and horses as well as numerous volunteers. In the search, the UCSD was joined by Town of Unicoi Police Chief Andy Slagle and Unaka Mountain Search and Rescue, as well as almost 100 local volunteers. The search covered the Marbleton community.
“We’ve searched on foot, with dogs and horses and even drones,” said search leader Nick Hughes. “We’ve covered almost 250 acres already.”
Slagle said he is thankful for all of those that have been searching for Vance,
“The town and community have been great; it’s remarkable,” Slagle said. “Everybody knows Luc and we want to see him come back home safe.”
Lead investigator, Ron Arnold, has reminded volunteers that any information is helpful and asked that citizens contact the sheriff’s department with any information that may be pertinent.
Hensley also reported on Monday, Nov 4, that the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has agreed to assist in the investigation.
“I have called in TBI,” Hensley said. “They are assisting us on this ongoing investigation.”
Vance is 5-foot-2 and weighs 190 pounds. He has green eyes and very short hair.
If anyone has any information on Vance, please call the Unicoi County Sheriff Department at 743-1850.