Posted: Nov 5, 2012 6:04 PM
Updated: Nov 5, 2012 7:04 PM
It's been a little more than three years, and family of 55-year-old Charles Randolph are still searching for answers. The Casey County man was last seen October 15, 2009 in his yard, and the Casey County Sheriff's department believes there was foul play.
The changing leaves of autumn mark a painful passage of time for Charles Randolph's sisters.
"It's been a long time, and we feel like something should have been found out before now. We don't understand why it's taking so long," says Freda Elmore, Charles's sister.
The sisters and their mother spend a lot of time visiting the headstone they've placed at the Corinth First Church of God in memory of their younger brother, who they say always kept in close contact with them.
"We put this stone up so we'd have a place to come to honor his memory, and we know his remains are not here, and we need to have his remains," says Shirley Austin, Charles's sister.
The trailer where Charles Randolph lived is untouched. Left exactly as it was that October day three years ago when he vanished, leaving behind his truck, his dog, and something else.
Randolph's sisters say there were signs of a struggle in his yard. The necklace he never took off was found broken in the yard the day after he was last seen, and it is part of the investigation.
"His trailer is right below my house. You think about it everyday. We miss him so much," says Shirley Austin.
The Sheriff says evidence is still being processed in the crime lab. Tips do come up, but searches of area ponds and a cistern as recently as August 2012, turned up nothing.
"It's a mystery," says neighbor Steve Carman "It's something you don't expect to happen to someone you know."
"Everyone loved him. He had a lot of friends," says Freda Elmore.
And the family of the disabled Vietnam Veteran just want peace for him.
There is a $10,000 reward to anyone who can provide information about Charles Randolph's whereabouts. If you have any information, contact the Casey County Sheriff's Department.