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04/29/05

Search For The Missing Pt 2

by Donna McCollum

What is it like for a family to have a loved one just vanish? That's what happened to the relatives of Lloyd Tillman Delano who was last seen on June 12, 2004. His family fears his drug addiction took over or even worse ended his life. Law authorities believe he's alive but running from the law.

Delano is an admitted sex offender who always followed the rules. Since his disappearance he's become a wanted felon.

Families and law enforcement search for the missing in different ways. Lori Hollis is in search for her son in law, the father of her 4 grandchildren who miss their daddy very much. "I've handed out his picture all over Lufkin. Somebody would call and say they thought they saw him, but didn't. I even walked up on a guy in Taco Bell, but it wasn't him," recalled Hollis.

Hollis also searches gruesome web sites of unidentified people whose bodies have been found. She notices the smallest clues. "I seen Wrangler jeans the other day and that's about the size he wears, but he doesn't wear a belt," said Hollis while searching the site.

With each search she prepares herself for the possibility of someday seeing Delano's picture. "I expect to see it. You have to build yourself up to see it and then you hope you don't," said Hollis.

Meanwhile, law enforcement have their own way of searching. "Mr. Delano is right here. He's on our 10 most wanted at this time," said Tyler County Deputy Bubba Sheffield. Delano is on Tyler County's ten most wanted list. The names are circulated across the state, nation and world. "So if anyone, another officer runs across them and runs their date of birth, or anything like that they'll come up wanted through our county," explained Sheffield.

And should Delano be found dead, no matter what condition, there are ways of identification. "You find a body and there's no arm and then somebody finds the arm a year later, you can match DNA up to it," said Sheffield.

The same scientific procedure used to identify a missing tugboat captain whose body was discovered in Nacogdoches County. The case still haunts Constable Chuck Copeland, two years later. Copeland points to a dated calendar that hangs behind his desk. "This calendar hangs on the wall for the specific reason for everyday I come in here and i see it it helps me continue the quest to try to find out what happened to this case," said Copeland.

For whatever reasons a person searches.an unsolved mystery, a wanted fugitive, or a lost loved one there's a burning to desire to find the missing.

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