Search Expands for Missing Teen

Search Expands for Missing Teen
By: CJ Cassidy

Ste. Genevieve, MO - O

ver the years we've told you many stories of folks right here in the heartland who disappear without a trace.

B
ut friends and family of a missing
S
te.
G
enevieve teen say they won't give up without a fight.

W
ade
L
urk vanished
A
pril
1st,
after attending an underage drinking party near
G
oose
C
reek
L
ake.

A
fter extensive searches
,
police and family now believe
W
ade wasn't in an accident.

S
o, some local businessmen and women want to do their part to expand the search.

"It's s

omething you expect to happen to someone else so far
. It's
not the worst thing
,
we're still hoping for a good outcome
," W
ade
L
urk's father says
.

Instead he says

happy memories seem to be a thing of the past.

T
hese days
M
ichael and his family are consumed with questions about
W
ade's disappearance.

T
he high school senior
was last seen crawling into his car to take a nap after an
underage drinking party
. So far his car is also reported missing.
"S
ince we don't know if he's in the area best thing we can do is get the word out
," Michael Wade says.

T

hat's exactly what
J
erry
K
lein wants to do.

H
e and business owner
G
ary
E
akin came up with the idea of sending out missing person fliers attached to the outside of their cargo pallets.

"J
ust think of the truck drivers out on the roads people on the docks who handle this through terminal it's just visibility it's a shot in the dark but every little bit helps
," Klein says.

S
o far
K
lein's dropped off fliers at more than a dozen companies, that ships goods across the
US
.

"T
his hits home
.
I
t hits everybody's home
and I
can only imagine what the parents and grandparents feel
," Klein says.

M
ichael
L
urk can't quite describe what he's going through
,
but appreciates all these kind strangers' efforts to track down his beloved son.

"Just k
eep us in your prayers
," he says.

T
he
S
te.
G
enevieve
C
ounty
S
heriff is also hopeful the fliers will help.

Y

ou may have already seen some of them at the
S
outheast
M
issouri
C
ampus or at the
SIU c
ampus.

A $ 25,000
reward is also still being offered to anyone who provides information that leads police to
W
ade
L
urk.