Family still looking for missing man one year later


COLUMBUS, Ga. – A Columbus family is asking for the community’s help tonight to bring home a missing loved one.  Joe Akridge’s family has not given up the search to find him one year after he went missing.  He will have been missing one year on March 28th.

“It’s been agony.  This whole year has been agony,” said his sister, Barbie Wright.

She says they haven’t given up on finding her brother.

“We’re still looking for Joe.  That we’re concerned about his whereabouts or we need closure, but we want to bring Joe home one way or the other,” Wright explained.

Akridge’s family last saw him when he his home last March to walk to the Dollar General up the street.   He was last seen wearing jeans, a t-shirt, black shoes, and a straw hat.

“He just vanished and we know people don’t just vanish into thin air and this mystery has just been so devastating to us,” Wright said.

Akridge is a mentally impaired heart patient and his sister, Patricia Koonce, helped care for him.

“He knows how to cheer me up when I’m feeling down.  He’s the best guy in the world,” Koonce said.

The family is passing out flyers to local businesses in hopes someone can find the man who brought joy to their family.

Anyone with any information about Akridge is asked to call the Columbus Police Department.

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