Police in Sikeston, Missouri release to the media a new lead in the case of a missing Pittsburg man. 66-year-old Larry Weaver has been missing since Sunday night. Sikeston police say he was staying in a motel, on his way back from a motorcycle rally in the Smoky Mountains.
Sikeston police say surveillance video may point to foul play.
We talked to friends of the Weaver family who say what makes this case so frustrating is Weaver and his motorcycle disappeared without a trace. But the surveillance video may show there actually was a trace.
"We miss him," says family friend Linda Frazier. "It's going to be hard in the days ahead if they don't find him."
Frazier lives across the street from Larry and Regina Weaver. Monday night, Frazier noticed Regina kept her garage door open, anxiously waiting for her husband's return home.
"We kept waiting and every sound we heard, oh, is that him? Then, we finally decided he wasn't coming home that night," says Frazier.
Frazier says she was with Regina when she filed a missing person report. According to Frazier, Regina looked at her husband's credit card purchases and saw he was staying at the Day's Inn in Sikeston. Regina called the motel's front desk, and got even more worried.
Housekeeping workers say late Monday night, they saw the door to Weaver's motel room half-way open. There was a pair of jeans on the room's bed, a motorcycle helmet on the table, and a wallet and cellphone on top of a refrigerator.
Frazier says there was at least one other important item left behind.
"He would never have gone anywhere without his shoes, or his phone, or his bike helmet. He was very safety conscious," says Frazier.
Sikeston police say Weaver last talked to his wife at around 8 Sunday night.
"He had told her he was going to bed early. He was tired," says Frazier.
Police say Weaver and his bike have been missing ever since. Police say surveillance video from a drive-in restaurant next door to the motel appears to show a Chevy Avalanche pulling a trailer at 2:44 Monday morning. Fourteen minutes later, police say it appears the truck is driving away with a motorcycle on the trailer.
"My own opinion is that Larry was in that motel room, and probably was getting ready for bed, and he heard somebody taking his bike. He probably opened that door. He went out of there shoeless, wearing his shorts," says Frazier.
Police are asking anyone with more leads to come forward. Family friends are asking for closure.
"And hope we have something good in the next few days to come," says Frazier.
We are being told by family friends and police that Regina is still hopeful, but has transitioned to preparing for the worst. Law enforcement in Sikeston has called the Chevy Avalanche in the surveillance video a "vehicle of interest" in this case.
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