ANDERSON, S.C. (WSPA-TV) The family of an Upstate man who’s been missing for more than a year is desperate to keep his case from growing cold.
Foul play is suspected since Emmanuel Quarles went missing last April, but he’s never been found and no arrests have been made.
The family says they believe they know who’s responsible, but the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office says their hands are tied without concrete evidence.
Now, the Quarels family is going to 10th circuit solicitor, Chrissy Adams.
“We would like to present you with this letter asking you guys to take custody of this investigation and, if possible, to file charges against the primary suspect,” said Quarles family advocate, Bruce Wilson.
Meeting with assistant solicitor Al Means, Thursday, Wilson and the family of Quarles sought justice.
“Unfortunately, justice isn’t always exactly humanly possible, but we will look into this,” said Means, holding the letter presented by the family.
Quarles went missing in April 20th, 2015. Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputies say he was last seen getting into a red car in Pendleton and it drove off.
The family believes there was foul play involved. They say they’ve been approached by family of a man who the Quarels’ feel is responsible with a “confession” of his involvement.
Without a body and limited evidence, Anderson County Sheriff, John Skipper said, Thursday, they can’t arrest anyone. He said they are actively looking for something concrete. He also said any decision to arrest with less than that is up to the solicitor’s office and that can be a hard sell.
“I can honestly say – right or wrong – I don’t ever remember seeing his picture,” said Means, Thursday, looking at Quarles’ family-made missing persons flyer.
That statement is what Bruce Wilson believes is the problem with this case, so far.
“He hadn’t even seen Emmanuel’s face and that’s indicative of what the family has seen. This has been going under the radar,” said Wilson.
Emmanuel’s mother Pamela said she hopes the Solicitor can help bring justice for her son.
“He said he didn’t know anything about it and it crushed me,” said Quarles, in tears. “They are just baby steps. I’m just hoping that they get to be bigger steps, but I know we got to start small and work our way up. But I’m hoping and I’m keeping my faith.”
Anderson county, Oconee county and Pickens county, along with the State Law Enforcement Division, are all involved in this case based on where evidence has been located.
The Anderson Area Crimestoppers is offering a reward for any information about this disappearance. If you know anything, call 1-888-crime-sc or you can call the Anderson County Sherriff’s Office.