Clay County couple searches for missing brother

Clay County couple searches for missing brother

Saturday, for the first time, several state agencies teamed-up to help the families of missing adults find their loved ones. For one Clay County couple, the long drive was well-worth it as they search for their missing brother.
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Saturday, for the first time, several state agencies teamed-up to help the families of missing adults find their loved ones. For one Clay County couple, the long drive was well-worth it as they search for their missing brother.

Kevin Earls and Karen Jones took another step Saturday to find their brother, Earnest Lonnie Earls, who has been missing since 1987.

"Not knowing is worse than, to me is worse than anything because it's always in the back of your mind. When you lay down at night, you know, you can be doing anything and all the sudden it pops up and you start thinking about your missing brother, you know, it's terrible," says Kevin Earls.

The Earls think someone shot and killed their brother in a set-up in Clay County 25 years ago.

"We're hoping that this will bering closure. We know that with the new technology, if they find remains of him, they'll be able to compare it with our DNA," says Karen Jones.

The Clay County couple gave DNA samples to the Arkansas State Crime lab, FBI, and National Unidentified and Missing Persons System and talked with an investigator.

"I never want to say it's their last hope, but it's a process that can get them actively involved, and I think that's very important," says Kermit Channell with the State Crime Lab.

New technology can help investigators with the crime lab connect family members with vital information that could lead them to their loved one, or let them know what happened to them.

"If we get two or three families and we're able to help and assist them, then it's all worth it," says Channell.

"This could happen to their family. You know, you never know when someone in your family is going to come up missing," says Jones.

The State Crime Lab plans to hold another missing persons event in the future based on the response it got Saturday.
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