Search and rescue dogs are getting involved in the effort to find a 26-year-old man who has been missing for 9 days.
Isaiah Grounds disappeared December 10th. He was last seen at a truck stop in Grovertown. There are reports that he wrecked his vehicle and was picked up by another vehicle passing by.
“Three people were in the vehicle,” said Sheriff Oscar Cowen, Starke County Sheriff's Dept. “According to what the other two have told us is that all three persons left the vehicle, and then all the sudden Isaiah Grounds turned and ran back to the vehicle.”
Family members find the incident suspicious.
“There was quite a bit of blood,” said Grounds’ sister, Angel Tizazu. “The car was totaled it was towed away… we don’t understand why the passengers don’t know more.”
Grounds’ family has heard nothing from Isaiah since the incident and no one has come forward with his whereabouts. His bank accounts have not been touched since December 10th.
The missing man’s brother, Shane Grounds, says he is prepared for the worst. He finds it strange that his brother, who is the primary caretaker of his bedridden mother, would not contact her if he could.
“Isaiah was a momma's boy, through it all,” Shane Grounds said. “Being that she is bedridden, Isaiah would have rather gone to jail than have her spend one night in that bed by herself. It just doesn’t add up.”
The Starke County Sheriff’s Department admits that this is an unusual circumstance; not all disappearances warrant the help of a canine search team. Sheriff Cowen said they have not ruled out foul play but they do not suspect it at this time.
“We do have hope, especially for the family and for ourselves,” Cowen said. “We would be hoping that he is well. We have received a lot of sighting but we haven't located him yet.”
As of Thursday afternoon, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department said the search and rescue team had not turned up any clues to Grounds’ location. Anyone with tips or information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Dept. as soon as possible.
The Grounds family says they are thankful for the outpour of help from the Grovertown community and beyond.
“If that means taking two seconds to hit the share button on Facebook for his missing person's report, they're gonna do it,” Grounds said. “And that's terrific.”