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Search Continues For Missing Sistersville Man

By Staff | May 11, 2011

Rescuers search the Ohio River Tuesday morning in hopes of finding any information that could aid in locating Francis. (Photo by Bruce Crawford)

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 resumed yesterday morning. Through that search it was determined the water was too rough to continue, however rescuers will continue their search for Francis.

Earnest Edward Francis

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