Authorities are searching for David Emigh, a missing pastor from Sand Springs, Oklahoma, after he failed to show up for his church's Wednesday night worship service.
Reportedly, the last person to see him was his wife Sharon Emigh (also a pastor at the church).
Ms. Emigh stated that at about 11 am on the Wednesday of his disappearance, her husband told her that he was returning home to retrieve a book. He left the church in his black 2008 Ford pickup (OK tag number E56304), but did not return.
The latest report on the disappearance is here at one of the local news station.
Within a few minutes of this story going national, the perceptive crime enthusiasts at the site WebSleuths had made two observations:
1) A Lake: Looking at a probable driving route from work to home, he would pass by Sand Springs Lake-------------------
2) A Phone: The missing man used an IPhone to post to his Twitter account. Though David appears to tweet infrequently (his last post was on Dec. 8), it is important to note that he used a mobile device which could be helpful in locating him, if he was in possession of that phone.
Nicely done by the Internet folks.
If David has his phone, I hope that authorities go through the necessary protocols to immediately begin pinging it.
The dire need to ping now rather than later was recently exemplified by this story of Tanya Rider, a missing woman from Washington state, who was rescued after being pinned in her car for 8 days. Evidently, Ms. Rider had driven off the road and crashed in an area obscured by trees. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition after her ordeal (revised 12/18/2010).*
With Mr. Emigh's case, my prayers are with the missing man and his family.
*Note: Thanks to JJ from Phila for sending me the link to Ms. Rider's story, and for reader Sue who pointed out that Ms. Rider has recovered since the story is from a few years back.
UPDATE: Authorities report that contact was made with Mr. Emigh on 12/17/2010 after his vehicle was spotted at a Wal-Mart in Cleveland, OK. A police spokesman stated that Emigh was safe, but has "a medical issue that will be dealt with privately."