UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Family members of a missing Unicoi County man are preparing for a prayer vigil Monday night as they reach out for the community’s help.
35-year-old Lucas Vance was last seen on October 29 at his home on Marbleton Road.
His family says it’s if he vanished, leaving without his cell phone, wallet and car keys.
As the holidays inch closer, Vance’s family is hurting knowing that he is nowhere to be found. On the 27th day of his disappearance, his family is holding a prayer vigil, hoping that the more the people, the stronger the message.
E rwin is covered with flyers of the missing Luc Vance. Nearly a month after he was reported missing, there is still no sign of him.
“Our biggest reason for this is we know God knows,” his cousin Brandy Brinkley told News Channel 11 on Monday.
She believes he is alive but fears coming home.
“It’s okay, whatever’s happening, we just want him home,” Brinkley said. “I just want everybody to come out, that can and pray with us that we can find an answer to find Luc to bring Luc home.”
Last week, Sheriff Mike Hensley said investigators found a letter suggesting that Vance was planning on harming himself.
The sheriff says the letter was in Vance’s handwriting and referenced his loved ones.
The family of Vance posted a message on Facebook, saying in part, “Yes he was depressed and in my opinion the letters were feelings that he expressed on paper.”
Brinkley said, “In our opinion as a family, we don’t feel like those letters indicated in any way that he was going to harm himself. He was depressed, he was upset, and it was obvious in those letters that that was the case.”
His family hopes the power of prayer will bring him home, alive.
“If he had went and hurt himself, we would have found him by now. He would be there, and we haven’t,” Brinkley said.
Thanks to the owner of Erwin Apparel, Amanda Wall, shirts are being sold at the vigil and at the store.
Brinkley explained, “She’s donating the $20 and she’s taking what the shirts cost her out and everything else goes to his children.”
The vigil comes days after the sheriff’s office conducted a search in a quarry that ultimately turned up nothing.
The family adds that there were items, including money, missing from his home, but they add, “There is so many unanswered questions that point to other things than Luc harming himself.”
Monday night’s prayer circle is set for 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Vance’s business, The Maple Grove Restaurant.
More information on the event can be found on Facebook by clicking here.