On David Emigh, Missing

Sorry for the second post today, but I wanted to talk briefly about this case.

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."


Matthew Rush said...

It's always surprising to me, but still important to remember, that not all people who are abducted or go missing are women or children.

AB HOME Interiors said...

I have to agree with Matt. We always assume that it's women or children that people are after. Great and informative post.

J. J. in Phila said...

Very informative.

I'll have do some googling.

J. J. in Phila said...

And I'm happy to report that he has been found safely and well.

He did have some medical issues, which might end up accounting for his disappearance.

Here is the story.


Ann T. said...

Dear Slamdunk,
Well I hope both of the afflicted people you mentioned get well soon. Thanks for giving us some pointers, again, on missing persons AND on survival.

Ann T.

Holly said...

Wow...I am glad he was found. It is really scary to think about all the people that go missing for all sorts of reasons.

Hilary said...

I'm glad he's been found. That had to be a stressful time for his people.

Sue said...

Tanya Rider has been out of the hospital for a while now. There was an episode of "Disappeared" that aired her case not long ago. This took place in 2007 (the link you provided verifies this).

I am glad they found Mr. Emigh and I hope he gets better soon.

Jen said...

It's nice to hear one of these with a happy ending. Thanks for posting.

obladi oblada said...

Good post. Thanks for mentioning Websleuths...its one of the reasons I sometimes dont get around to blogging...or doing anything else for that matter!

carma said...

Well, thank god for a happy ending :) so many horrible stories lately in the news with not so happy endings

Slamdunk said...

I appreciate the comments all.

@ Sue: Thanks for the additional info and I have revised the post to reflect it.

OneSurvivor said...

I am so glad that he is OK.

Kristin said...

Crazy ending!

BobKat said...

Appreciate the story. Thanks.

ladyfi said...

Wonder what on earth he had to do that was so important he couldn't let people know he was safe? Glad it turned out OK though.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

Glad he's safe, I wonder if he has a mental disease or something??? Hmm... always good to find a happy ending, usually- I assume the worse.

malone8 said...

The "medical condition" may be the same that we had to deal with in our family.

My prayers are with David Emigh and his family.

kathryn said...

I'm so glad that he's okay...medical condition aside. It's comforting to think that if one of us goes missing that there'll be some major sleuths looking for us.


I not only wish the police would catch stupid criminals but also the smart ones. I think they call them politicians! :-)

Slamdunk, I hope you and your family have a Wonderful Christmas :-)

God Bless You, ~Ron

Anonymous said...

David died this week in a motorcycle crash. You can find more info at tulsaworld.com.

Slamdunk said...

@ Anonymous: Thanks for the update. I saw the stories about Mr. Emigh's death as well, and my prayers are with his family.

Brenda said...

Hard to believe it's been 4 years since I lost my brother. Thank you for the nice comments. Still missing him.