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Parents Still Hopeful For Son’s Return

By Staff | May 4, 2016

Photo Provided This photo has been passed around hundreds of times since the disappearance of Earnest Edward Francis five years ago. Pictured is Earnest with his four children — Miranda, Danielle, Nick, and Destiny.

Mothers everywhere will be honored on Sunday, May 8 – Mother’s Day.

These mothers will be given a variety of tokens of appreciation – cards, flowers, chocolates, and more.

All that Sistersville resident Louise Francis wants is to see her son – Earnest Edward Francis – to know he is safe.

Today, on the fifth anniversary of his disappearance, Louise plans to post new fliers around New Martinsville, pleading for answers as to her son’s whereabouts.

Louise last saw her son at 3 p.m., May 4, 2011. Earnest, 37-years-old at the time, left the house to take his kids to an appointment.

Earnest, a father of four, was last seen at 9 p.m. at New Martinsville’s Howard Jeffers (Hydro) Drive. He was reportedly wearing a black top, green flannel shirt, black jeans, sandals, and glasses.

Earnest was also seen, around that general time, on gas station surveillance video pumping gas.

Louise said she had not worried about Earnest’s whereabouts at first, after not hearing from him. However, after Earnest’s boss stated that he had not heard from Earnest either, the search began.

Earnest’s car was found at New Martinsville’s dam around 2 p.m. on Friday. It was locked, and Earnest’s keys, billfold, belt, cell phone, and a piece of his necklace were all found under the seat. The keys to the car were not there.

After Earnest’s disappearance, local law enforcement officers, search and rescue crews, and volunteers have combed the banks of the Ohio River near the locks and dams in New Martinsville, numerous times for the missing father of four.

Louise said there is no new news regarding his disappearance; however, she remains hopeful that someone, somewhere, knows something.

Those who have any information are urged to call the New Martinsville Police Department at 304-455-9100.

Louise also operates a Facebook group called “Bring Earnest Francis Home.”

When he was last seen, Earnest Francis was 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighed approximately 190 pounds. He had blue eyes, sandy red hair, and wore glasses. He had three piercings in his left ear and multiple tattoos.