Police Still Need Help Finding Missing Teen

Police Still Need Help Finding Missing Teen
By: CJ Cassidy

P
olice suspended the search for
a 17-year-old S
te.
G
enevieve
H
igh
S
chool
S
enior
,
but say they're still following up on leads.

W
ade
L
urk disappeared early
S
aturday morning
,
after attending a house party at
G
oose
C
reek
L
ake.

I

nvestigators say can't rule anything out at this time
,
but they don't have evidence of foul play.

T
hey say they're just as baffled as
L
urks' parents are
,
because it doesn't look like this is your typical case of a teenage runaway either.

"T

hings were going good
, his
report card
had
just come out
, he was an
honor roll student
, and we were
leaving for
a
family vacation
F
riday
," Mike Lurk, Wade's father says, adding "he's
enrolled at
Missouri State University and is
looking forward to graduation and college
."

T
hat's why
the Lurk family
can't believe their
son
would run away.

T
he teen was last seen
sleeping in his car
outside
a
cabin on
G
oose
C
reek
La
ke
around 3 a.m. Saturday.

I
nvestigators say more than 40 teens attended what they call an underage drinking party
t
here
,
but say that's where the trail ends.

"H

e didn't have a lot of money with him
, and he
didn't have clothes
. H
e had a cell phone which was charging in his car
that had
never been turned on
, and so
we know he hasn't used it
," Cpl. Al Nothum with the Missouri Highway Patrol says.

F
irefighter
B
ob
R
eeves helped rescue crews search the five lakes in the area.

H
e says
L
urk's disappearance has folks in the tight knit community shocked.

"A

nytime there's teenagers and drinking involved it's going to get bad
," Reeves says.

M
ike and
T
ina
L
urk say they don't hold the cabin owners responsible.

A
ll they want right now
,
is some news
,
any news of their son.

"T

here have been leads not turned into anything that's encouraging we haven't found a wrecked car of a body so there's hope lot of hope things are going to be okay
," Mike Lurk says.

T

he reward for any information used in finding
W
ade
L
urk has been raised from
$5,000 to $25,000
.

I
f you call crime stoppers with your tip
,
that
reward
gets bumped up to
$26,000.

Simply call 1 (
866
)
371-
TIPS
.