BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – Family and friends of a missing Kingsport man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease may not have located their lost loved one, but they did gain something important Tuesday night – a possible new lead to his whereabouts.
And this time the lead came from across state lines.
Eugene Marshall — known to those close to him as either “Gene” or “Papaw” — was first reported missing over two weeks ago on Sept. 17.
On Tuesday, a tip came into local police that he may have been outside of Best Buy at The Highlands Shopping Center at Exit 7 in Bristol, Va.
Peter Hoilman, of Kingsport, said he saw a man he thought may have been Marshall sitting on a bench outside of Best Buy around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.
According to Hoilman, he approached the man and said at first he had a hard time getting the man’s attention.
Asking the man if he was OK, the man responded back that his family was in the nearby bookstore, Books-A-Million, in that same shopping center.
Hoilman allegedly went as far as attempting to show the man a picture of Marshall, telling the man he wanted to make sure it wasn’t him.
The man, who reportedly did not look at the photo, replied back “I hope not.”
Hoilman then sent in his tip to police.
Family members of Marshall also responded to the shopping center with flyers, and called the Washington County, Va. Sheriff’s Office about the possible sighting.
Deputies responded to Best Buy later Tuesday around 7:15 p.m. to search store surveillance, but were unable to get a camera view of the outside of the store.
Store surveillance from Books-A-Million, as well as Target, was also pulled by deputies Tuesday night, but proved unsuccessful due to the limited views on the outside of the stores.
Since Marshall reportedly walked away from his home on Sept. 17, he has been spotted at a few local spots around town, such as McDonald’s, Waffle House and even around a shopping complex on East Stone Drive in Kingsport.
Another tip, this time with photos from surveillance video at a Sunoco on Memorial Boulevard, taken the same day he left his home, showed the 80-year-old man walking outside and heading west on Memorial Boulevard toward John B. Dennis Highway.
Sheriff Fred Newman said Tuesday night that they had received reports of a few possible sightings of Marshall at the shopping center and he’s instructed his deputies to be on the lookout for him.
Deputies on-scene said they would continue the search for Marshall throughout the night, as well as have flyers with a picture of Eugene Marshall on-hand to give out to the community.
Anyone who may have seen Marshall is asked to call the Washington County, Va. Sheriff’s Office at 276-676-6277, or call 911.
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