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Marcus Wolfe, a 19-year-old from South Whitley, disappeared after leaving a home in Union Township and hasn't been seen since July 25. His family, friends and local officials hope someone, somewhere has information that could help with the case.
By Jennifer Zartman Romano
On a recent Sunday morning, the faithful flocks of several local churches might have ordinarily been bowed in prayer or pensively listening to their pastor.
But, that Sunday was different. Dozens of volunteers gathered at Whitko High School and began an extensive foot search of Whitley County in hopes of finding something relevant to the case of missing teen Marcus Wolfe. Armed with maps of the county, teams of searchers scoured the countryside. While they didn't find anything, they did discover several areas they plan to ask the Sheriff's Department to look at.
Wolf was last seen on July 25 at 9:30 p.m. when he left the Miami Village trailer park in Union Township. Wearing a Shoemaker Construction t-shirt and black shorts, the 5 foot 10 inch young man with dirty blonde hair and blue eyes climbed into his mid-1990s dark blue Saturn two-door car with Indiana license plate 337 NEJ. Reportedly, he was heading home to South Whitley to his apartment, but he never made it home.
Weeks have passed. Summer has faded to fall. The initial flurry of public interest in his case has seemingly disappeared and a group of local residents hoped to reinvigorate it with a push to find more information, something...anything...that might bring answers to Wolfe's heartbroken family. His mother, Tammy, has taken to the internet hoping someone, somewhere will know some clue that could lead to him.
While there haven't been many details made public about Wolfe's case, several things have happened recently pertaining to it.
A "Help Find Marcus Wolfe" page has been created on Facebook. Reportedly, local law enforcement officers conducted an aerial search of the areas surrounding SR 205, Old Trail Road and Pook Road a couple of weeks ago. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has also reportedly checked ponds.
Now, as the fall comes to Whitley County, the landscape is changing. Fields are being cleared, leaves are falling and as county residents go hunting, new details could emerge.
Tammy Wolfe hopes landowners across Whitley County will take some time to check their fields, woods, back tracks and ponds for signs of Wolfe or his car.
Local residents Tim and Christine Scroggs were among the approximately 50 people who attended the recent cross county search for Wolfe. A local pastor, Tim Scroggs opened the event with prayer.
"People need to keep eyes open," Scroggs said. "If anyone has any information, they need to get ahold of the sheriff's department."
Christine Scroggs, though unrelated to the missing man, empathizes with his mother's pain.
"As a mother, I could not imagine the stress and pain of not knowing where one of my children were," said said. "This community has proven itself time and again to love and support families in times of loss or stress. This family is in need of that same support."
With little details to go on, it is unclear whether Wolfe disappeared -- or was taken.
"Regardless of the situation, this is a young man that for no apparent reason, has been absent from his families lives. He needs to be found so that there can be answers, accountability, or closure...whatever the case may be," she added. "The not knowing is the worst part. I feel for his Mom, Dad and family, and am hoping that he be found soon for them."
Those with any information or potential details that could be helpful with the case are encouraged to contact the Whitley County Sheriff's Department.