FERRIER FILES: Family says Putnam County couple vanished
PUTNAM COUNTY, Tenn. —
Family members say a Putnam County couple disappeared without a trace after buying cigarettes one month ago.
Henry and Kristie Wilson are middle-aged, working poor. They have never disappeared before so obviously their families are worried sick.
One month ago, Henry and Kristie stopped at the Monterey BP to pick up some cigarettes. Family members said they pulled out of the parking lot and vanished off the face of the earth.
“Its just very rare that two people go missing out of the blue, not contacting anyone or anything,” said Cheyenne Wilson, Henry’s daughter. "Both of their phones are off. No car has been found. No evidence they are gone or had a reason to leave."
Kristie is on disability but was close to returning to her job. Henry is a day laborer with some drug problems.
His daughter says Henry is a great dad, and she needs him back.
“I just hope if somebody out there knows something they will just come forward because this heartbreaking for all of us,” Cheyenne Wison said.
One theory is that the couple drove off the side of the road and they were hurt too badly to seek help. But that theory has holes.
The morning after they went missing, Henry's phone pinged in Fentress County. Kristie's phone pinged later in Overton County near Coy Phillips Road.
“There phones did not ping together so that puts more worry in our heart that there has been foul play,” said Kimberly Rediker, Kristie’s sister.
The family says neither member has ever gone more than two days without contacting a family member. As of Wednesday, they have been missing 33 days.
The family says what they need is a big police search like those in Dickson County looking for Joe Clyde Daniels. They think that hasn't happened its because these are middle-aged people with no status in the community.
“I just feel like a lot of the tips are drug related, and the fact they are not perfect pillars of the community has effected how police view this disappearance," said cousin Bridget Murphy. "They could be doing a lot more than what they are doing these are two people we miss them and want them back."
Henry is 5' 9" tall, weighing 160 lbs. Kristie is 5'3" tall weighing 190 lbs.
They were last seen in a charcoal gray Nissan Sentra with license plate 310 DVD. There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to finding them.