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LEOs, family search for missing Sistersville man

By Staff | May 11, 2011

Authorities are looking for 32-year-old Earnest Edward Francis, pictured, of McKinley Street, Sistersville, who was last seen at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at New Martinsville’s Howard Jeffers (Hydro) Drive.

New Martinsville Police Sgt. Dave Byers, who also is with Tyler County Search and Rescue, said the photo of Francis is from his Facebook page and he may be heavier now.

Francis was reportedly wearing a black top, green flannel shirt, black jeans, sandals and glasses. Byers said the individual is not known to take medication and that his wallet and cell phone were found in his auto when it was last seen, also May 4 at 9.m.

Byers said there is no reason at present to suspect foul play. “All we want to do is make sure he is OK,” said Byers, who noted that motorized and foot searches have been conducted by NMPD, New Martinsville Volunteer Fire Department and Tyler County Search and Rescue.

Byers thanked Domino’s Pizza of New Martinsville for feeding the rescuers, whose efforts were to be resumed yesterday morning.

Anyone having any information on Francis is asked to call NMPD at 304-455-9100.