Missing man’s vehicle found in Wexford County.

August 8, 2016


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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 37-year-old father of eight children remains missing after one week, although authorities have found his vehicle in rural Wexford County.

The Oceana County Sheriff’s Office continues its search for James Randolph Hepworth of the Pentwater area.

“Mr. Hepworth’s vehicle has been located in a rural area of Wexford County,” said Lt. Craig Mast. “A search of that area has been done and nothing has been found as to tell us of Mr. Hepworth’s location. We are continuing to look and follow up on any leads that are available.”

He was last seen in his 2001 Chrysler Town and Country Monday, Aug. 1, at noon leaving his workplace, Haworth, in Ludington.

“We are concerned for his wellbeing,” Mast said.

Hepworth’s wife, Amanda, posted the following on Facebook last Tuesday, Aug. 2:

Hepworth's 2001 Chrysler Town and Country that has been found in rural Wexford County. Hepworth remains missing after one week.

Hepworth’s 2001 Chrysler Town and Country that has been found in rural Wexford County. Hepworth remains missing after one week.

“Missing Father/Husband:

My husband James voluntarily left work yesterday midshift. He has been dealing with depression for a few months now. His phone is off and I have had no contact with him. I would like help in looking for him and his vehicle to make sure he is okay. He is almost 38 years old, 5′ 10. He was wearing black shorts, black shirt or maybe a blue plaid button up over top. He loves hiking and may take his hammock out in (the) woods with him.

Vehicle is a 2001 Chrysler Town and Country, a light blue in color. He has two mounted KC Hilites “Daylighters” on his grill area making him very unique and recognizable. Also has a Ludington State Park sticker on back by license plate. License plate is DAG 2277 If you see this vehicle, message me or call 231-869-5858 for dispatch.

He was last seen in Ludington at Haworth at noon on Monday and has not made contact with anyone since.”

Mast said the sheriff’s office has been trying to ping his cell phone, but has been unsuccessful.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to contact OCSO at 231-873-2121 or call 911.

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