By Richard Rourk
The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continue to search for Lucas “Luc” Vance.
Vance is 35 years old. He is 5 foot 2 inches and weighs 190 pounds. Vance has short hair and green eyes.
He was last seen on Oct. 29, and the last contact was made after midnight on Oct. 30 in the Marbleton community of Unicoi County.
According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, the investigation is still open.
“We searched around Mr. Vance’s house with cadaver dogs today, but did not find anything,” Hensley said.
When asked if the investigation is now a recovery search as opposed to a rescue search, Hensley said, “No, we are still searching.”
Hensley acknowledged that there has been no new information since Vance’s disappearance.
“There has been no new information whatsoever,” Hensley said. “We searched today and we will keep looking.”
The Erwin Record first reported that a four-day search was suspended following no new information in regards to Vance’s disappearance in the Nov. 6 issue.
According to Hensley on Nov. 5, the ground search came to an end on Nov. 2, but the investigation continues.
“The investigation is still very active. We’re not going to let up,” Hensley said on Nov. 5. “We won’t stop until we find him.”
Hensley reported that 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 searched covered the Marbleton community.
“We are doing everything that is possible to find Vance, and we are very grateful for the support of all that has taken part in the search and this investigation,” Hensley said. “We will not stop until Luke is found and I ask you to continue to pray for everyone involved and the family.”
If you have any new information please contact the UCSD at 743-1850.