Blanchard Family Still Desperate To Find Missing Son

Tuesday, July 28th 2015, 6:45 pm
By: News 9

This month marks the two year anniversary of a Blanchard family's desperate search to find their missing son.

Since his disappearance, they find themselves going back to the only place that gives them hope.

Deep in the backwoods of Hughes County, far from any highway. A place untouched by man, besides one, Tom Eastep.

He comes not to just put up flyers, but to imagine what happened the day his son disappeared.

"It's like a nightmare and it's horrible," said Tom Eastep, Tommy Eastep's father. "But it's a nightmare every day I wake up."

It's been a nightmare every day for two years.

July 6, 2013 was the first day of a family vacation to Lake Eufaula, times treasured by Tommy Eastep, the 30-year-old father, brother and son.

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"Good looking man," Tom Eastep said. "Very outgoing, very friendly, not somebody you could easily forget."

After a day on the lake, Tommy Eastep and his parents went to their rooms at a nearby hotel to rest for day two.

"As far as we knew, he was planning on coming back to the lake," said Carla Eastep, Tommy's mother.

Tommy Eastep never showed up. They went to check the hotel, and both he and his pickup are gone, without a trace.

"I assumed he went home," Carla Eastep said.

He wasn't there either.

Three months pass and no one hears from Tommy Eastep.

Then, one day, over 50 miles from the family's vacation spot on Lake Eufaula, hunters discover Tommy Eastep's pickup in those backwoods.

Tommy Eastep's keys, wallet and $82 were all inside, but his phone is missing.

Records show the phone hadn't been used since the day he was last seen.

Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigations' special agent Ben Rosser is the lead investigator in Tommy Eastep's case.

"Normally, if it's robbery, they take everything they can," Rosser said.

There were no signs of a struggle or other fingerprints besides Tommy Eastep's in the pickup.

Rosser thinks Tommy Eastep's periodic drug use overcame him.

"He could have been paranoid and ran, literally ran into the woods," Rosser said. "Not being familiar out there. His family had no reason to believe he'd been out there before."

Tom Eastep knows that is just not his son.

"There's no way he could have found this," Tom Eastep said. "Somebody either brought him down here or brought this vehicle here trying to hide it."

So, after exhaustive searches through the woods, using both man and animal, dozens of leads have gone cold and the family is without answers.

"My greatest fear is that I will die before I find out where my son is or what has happened to him. Die not knowing," Tom Eastep said. "I don't want to do that. When it comes time to die, I want my children beside me and I want to know they are alright."

Anyone with information about Tommy Eastep's disappearance can click here for a list of several organizations you can contact.

You may also call OSBI at 1 (800) 522-8017 or Tom Eastep at (405) 795-9092 if you have any information concerning Tommy Eastep or his disappearance.