Sunday, October 6th 2013, 11:38 pm
An Oklahoma family is desperate for answers. Their son disappeared after spending the July 4 weekend at Lake Eufaula, and hasn't been seen or heard from since.
His parents last saw him July 6. Then he just disappeared. But late last month his truck was found in rural Hughes County. So on Sunday the family was out there searching for any sign of him.
They took to the four-wheelers, driving through dense brush, high grass and treacherous tree limbs looking for clues, looking for any sign of 30-year-old Tommy Eastep.
"We're hoping that maybe he's alive somewhere here in the area. We really don't know," said Tommy's brother, Clint Eastep.
Clint came up from Texas to look for his stepbrother. He has also created this Facebook page hoping someone out there may know what happened to his brother. But so far finding that out has been like finding a needle in a haystack.
"And it's hard, it's really tough," Clint said.
Both the Hughes County Sheriff and the OSBI have already searched the area. They even had cadaver dogs go through the thick brush, but came up with nothing
"We don't know why he was even in this area really," said Hughes County Sheriff, Kenny Snyder.
Snyder says when they found the truck it was locked and that there was $70 on the console and both Tommy's drivers' license and debit card inside. So that's why Tommy's family is back out here on a Sunday, trying to find any clue they can.
"And we've just been searching for clothing a cell phone because he does have his cell phone on him," said Clint.
And the family's not giving up hope in fact they plan on returning here next weekend to resume the search and they encourage others to come out here to help.
"We all want closure either way," Clint said.
Carl Oliphant lives and works nearby. And even though he doesn't know the Eastep family, he and his wife are doing what they can to help.
And those who want to help in that search are encouraged to meet at the spin city mud bogging group off highway 48, near the Okfuskee county line, at 9 a.m. Saturday.
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