David McAfee, 31, is a husband and father of three kids. His household has not been in a position to make contact with him since October 28.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — It’s been a month since a beloved husband and father of three kids disappeared. David McAfee was final seen on October 28, in accordance to members of his household.
“People do not simply stroll off the face of the Earth,” stated Melissa Gumm, his mom. “My son has by no means, by no means not known as me, texted me or his brother, sister, or anyone. Courtney even.”
His spouse, Courtney Campbell, stated they’d been collectively for round a decade, and he’s her finest good friend.
“I simply love and miss him a lot,” Courtney stated. “He was a loving father of three younger boys … and these boys want their daddy.”
McAfee’s household stated he began the day engaged on a good friend’s truck. They stated a neighbor noticed him doing so. Then, the household stated round 2:30 within the afternoon, he obtained a trip to the native BP gasoline station on Asheville Highway.
“I obtained off early that day, and once I got here dwelling he wasn’t there,” stated Campbell. “The storage door wasn’t locked and he left each of his jackets at dwelling.”
The final time McAfee was seen publicly was at a BP gasoline station off Asheville Highway. According to video footage seen by the household, he went inside and acquired a pack of cigarettes. That was the final time he was captured on digicam.
At round 5:30 p.m. that day, Courtney stated she known as McAfee to ask him the place he was. He instructed her he was nonetheless engaged on a truck. But then, at 7:30 p.m., his spouse stated she obtained three messages.
The precise message is under.
“Crash Detected SOS. David McAfee known as emergency companies from this approximate location after iPhone detected a crash. You are receiving this message as a result of David has you listed as an emergency contact.”
The message was despatched from David’s quantity. According to Apple, if an individual has emergency contacts listed, the crash detection software program will let these individuals know if the software program is activated.
However, dispatchers in Jefferson County instructed Courtney that no crashes had been reported that night time. David by no means got here dwelling.
“The subsequent day, I crammed the missing individuals,” stated Campbell.
Around per week later, detectives stated they discovered the iPhone that despatched the messages behind Providence Church in Jefferson City. It was off the identical street that the crash detection software program despatched McAfee’s location from.
They stated it appeared just like the telephone had been thrown. The household suspects that might have triggered the crash detection.
“There is a brick wall. You know, the detective is like, ‘Where has this man gone?'” stated Gumm.
The household stated time is slowing to a crawl with out a dwelling, however the search continues. However, additionally they stated it is getting more and more tough.
“We all strive. We’ve made flyers and simply something that we all know to do to discover him,” stated Jason McAfee, his brother.
The search has not calmed their ideas, and Gumm stated the search is getting extra determined. And most of all, she stated that his household simply needs closure.
“If you gotta test your properties, anyone out on lakes and waterways, test within the water and within the banks,” stated Gumm. “I’m begging for assist.”
Anyone with details about McAfee’s location ought to attain out to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The workplace may be reached at 865-471-6000.
McAfee’s household has a search celebration assembly on Saturday, December 17 at 11 a.m. They might be assembly at 129 E. Dumplin Valley Road in Kodak, within the left Subway parking zone, if anybody needs to assist.