HICKORY Family and friends of Ken Mohler, a 71-year-old man who went missing in mid-August, are still holding out hope that the man will be found alive.
They also expressed gratitude for the work the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office has done. The Sheriff’s Office suspects foul play in his disappearance.
Mohler was last seen at Gregory Wood Products in Newton on Aug. 16. The last anyone heard from Mohler was on that Thursday, when he sent text messages to his wife and boss between 7:30 and 8 p.m. A maintenance supervisor, Mohler had gone there to repair a leak in the afternoon, according to Sheriff’s Office officials.
A $2,000 reward has been offered in the case. Tammy Pettry, Mohler’s sister-in-law, said people from everywhere have offered to help with the search. “It’s just overwhelming the love and support from community and friends,” Pettry said.
Pettry said they’re still handing out flyers and information about Mohler. “We’re still hopeful,” Pettry said. “We believe in our hearts that he’s still alive.”
She said the family recently had a meeting with detectives working on the case who assured the family they haven’t given up on finding Mohler. And Pettry has confidence in the Sheriff’s Office, praising them as helpful, concerned and compassionate. “We’re not giving up until there is no hope at all,” Pettry said.
She also is thankful to the public for keeping an eye out for any information. Mohler is described as a white male, 5-foot-5, 200 pounds, bald, last seen wearing a white shirt, jeans and mid-calf work boots. Anyone with information is asked to call the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.