Family, Friends Continue Search for Missing Charlottesville Man

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Friends and family are continuing the search for a missing Charlottesville man.

Family members say something isn’t right with the situation and they need answers.

No one has seen 53-year-old Samuel Houchens since June 20 at his home on the 1600 block of Meridian Street, and now his loved ones are desperate for answers. A Charlottesville police sergeant says that they have no new leads on where Houchens could be.

Now, Houchens' sister and daughter are taking matters into their own hands and are leading a search team on Tuesday, July 3.

“We just need some answers,” says Becky, his sister.

Though it’s been two weeks, his family isn’t giving up hope.

“We don't know if he’s OK, if he needs help, we don’t know how to help him,” says Heather, his daughter.

On Monday evening, Virginia State Police activated a "critically missing adult alert" for Houchens.

“It’s very frustrating because the not knowing part - it’s worrying me to death, really,” says Becky.

And with Charlottesville police's announcement saying they have no new leads, the family is starting to worry more.

“They’re doing everything they can to help us out, but we still have no answers at this point, there’s no leads, no answers, nothing at this point,” says Becky.

On Tuesday night, Becky and Heather enlisted the help of other family and friends to search near Riverview Park and Moore's Creek for a number of hours.

“Some of my coworkers are here, family, cousins, aunts, friends that we've known since we were children, everyone's been great – it’s nice to see everyone helping,” says Heather.

They say they will do whatever it takes to bring the missing member of the Houchens family back home.

“I’m not stopping until I find my brother, I’m not stopping until I find my brother,” says Becky.

Teams with canines were out last week and again on Saturday.

“It’s very frustrating because not knowing is worrying me to death,” said Houchens’ sister Becky Houchens.

Houchens is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 160 lbs., and was wearing a gray t-shirt with navy and orange UVA Cavalier basketball shorts and brown deck shoes. According to his family, Houchens has mobility issues and uses a scooter to get around, which is still at home.

Information that can help police can be reported at 434-970-3280.

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