Family searching for missing Landrum man, car found in Blacksburg


An Upstate family is desperately searching for their missing 24-year-old son whose car was found abandoned over the weekend. 

According to Cherokee County deputies, the black 2006 Jeep found in the woods near Blacksburg is linked to Jeremy Filowiat of Landrum. His family when to check out the area, when they were notified of the troubling discovery by investigators. 

“People who live there say you don’t come down this street without a pistol,” said his step-father Curtis Pruitt. 

Filowiat’s parents say on Saturday deputies found the car with a tank full of gas, all his belongings inside and his shoes nearby but no sign of their son. 

“Everything is as it should be expect for him,” Pruitt told 7News. 

The alarming call from investigators over the weekend, prompted the family to file a missing persons report with the Landrum Police Department. Filowiat’s mother says her son doesn’t know anyone in Blacksburg. 

“We just had no idea how he would have gotten there,” said Kimberly Pruitt.  

Filowiat’s parents tell 7News their son was last seen alive by his uncle, whom he lives with, in mid July. Filowiat stopped by the house to pack a bag and head to a job interview in North Carolina. The Pruitts say Filowiat often traveled for work and believe he was due to return home before he disappeared. 

“We feel that he was on his way back home,” Kimberly Pruitt told 7News.

The family says while they didn’t hear from the 24-year-old on a daily basis, it’s unlike him to go this long without checking-up or coming home. Filowiat’s parents say he hasn’t even been active of his social media accounts, which is a big red flag. 

“As far as we can tell, there’s no digital finger print or no nothing,” Curtis Pruitt said. “He just vanished.” 

Filowiat is 6 feet tall and weighs about 200 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. 

If you know any information, please call police. 

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