By Richard Rourk
It’s been more than 40 days since Lucas “Luc” Vance went missing and his family is still fighting for answers that would lead to Vance’s return.
Connie Booth, Vance’s aunt, and Ben Williams, Vance’s stepson, recently sat down and spoke to The Erwin Record about Vance and their fight to bring him home.
“We want anyone that may have any information on what happened to Luc to come forward,” Booth said. “If Luc is out there and sees this, we want you home. You are not in any trouble. We love you and we want you home.”
According to Booth, anything is possible at this point.
“We don’t know if he was taken or if he left on his own, but we don’t feel that he harmed himself,” Booth said. “I know that someone out there knows something and we are asking them to come forward; now is the time to do so. His family wants him back.”
Williams agreed with Booth.
“We just want him back, no questions asked,” Williams said.
Booth confirmed that the family has contacted a private investigator to assist in the search.
“We have hired a private eye to continue the investigation,” Booth said. “We aren’t giving up until we bring Luc home; someone knows something.”
Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley confirmed that there has been no new information, but that he and his staff will continue to search for Vance.
“We will not give up,” Hensley said.
According to Williams, the support of the community has been beneficial to the family while they search for their loved one.
“The support from the community has been fantastic and it is appreciated,” Williams said.
Everyone who recently spoke with The Erwin Record about Vance, spoke of how big his heart is.
“Luc has the biggest heart, especially when it comes to his children,” coworker and lifelong family friend Pam Bailey said.
“He is so giving, to everyone; he struggled with that,” Booth said.
“People often took advantage of his heart,” Williams said.
Booth also made a plea for anyone that may have any information about Vance’s whereabouts. “We want him home,” Booth said. “We need him home. His children need him.”
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. Vance is 35 years old. He is 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 190 pounds. He has short hair and green eyes.
The family, which held a prayer vigil on Nov. 25 at Maple Grove Restaurant, will hold future fundraisers to raise money for the private investigator to continue the search for Vance.
If you have any new information about Vance, please contact the UCSD at 743-1850.