MADISONVILLE, KY (WFIE) - On Sunday, authorities found the truck belonging to 42-year-old Rodney Hale, who has been missing since Monday, November 30.
Hale's truck was found in Madisonville in a partially wooded area. Hale, who's known as Bo to his friends, was familiar with the area and had visited a resident there many times for odd jobs.
That doesn't explain why his truck was found parked, not on the street, but behind a stranger's home, facing the woods.
Family members are frantic in their search to find Hale. They say not knowing why this happened is the hardest part.
Last Monday, family members say Bo told his wife he was spending the evening running errands, including doing odd jobs for a woman on Continental Drive.
Hale's wife says, "She's a friend of the family, she's given us work when we needed work badly, and he did it. That's my husband."
Hale's family still doesn't know whether he made it to that job, but say it might be a reason his truck was discovered in that neighborhood.
George Ferguson, who has never met Hale, found the truck a day after Hale disappeared, parked in front of his boat in back of his home.
Ferguson says, "I thought at first it might be a hunter that parked his truck back there, but then it stayed there all day and all night."
The discovery sparked a new chapter in the hunt to find him. Family and friends, with the help of the EMA, spent Monday combing the wooded area behind Continental Drive but so far, nothing.
As the days pass, his family says they're more and more convinced something bad happened to him. They say that makes them desperate for answers.
The Hopkins County Sheriff's Office did interview a couple of people from one of the neighboring houses on Sunday, and sheriff deputies say they might be persons of interest later on, but for now, this is still considered a missing person's case.
We'll keep you updated.
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