GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – The family of missing Greenville man, Dale Hunter, announced Tuesday they will be offering a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to his safe return.
“One way or the other we have to find him,” said Hunter’s wife, Leah Hunter,.
Family members say they no longer believe Hunter is anywhere on Paris Mountain after deputies combed the woods for days, finding no trace of him.
Instead, the family said they believe someone may have picked him up in a vehicle the morning he went missing.
“We thought maybe he flagged somebody down or they tried to be helpful, maybe picked him up, and maybe put him somewhere else and thought ‘well I’ve got you half way there,” said his stepdaughter Ronda Jackson.
As for where Hunter would have gone, family members said they weren’t sure, but they did suspect he may have tried to hitch a ride to Anderson, his hometown.
“Can you just give me a ride to Anderson? He would say that a lot,” said Jackson.
His wife Leah explained that Hunter’s dementia had been getting progressively worse over the past few months.
“We have covered Anderson completely,” said Leah Hunter. “With flyers, we’ve had deputies there.”
Family members explained Hunter wouldn’t have had access to his dementia medication for nearly a week, and that his hearing would be gone.
The batteries to his cochlear implants would likely be dead.
According to the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, Hunter was reported missing on Thursday, April 5 around 11:30 a.m. after going for a walk near his home on Altamont Rd and never returning.
Sheriff’s office officials said several area first responders from several nearby agencies assisted in the search for Hunter all over the mountain, as well as dog teams, aircraft and drones.
“Roughly 1,384 man-hours have been dedicated to the search and rescue of Mr. Hunter and we are extremely grateful to all assisting agencies/departments for all of their hard work,” Sheriff’s office officials said in a media release.
Over the weekend, the sheriff’s office asked nearby homeowners to search their property and to check their surveillance systems for any sign of Hunter.
Anyone who may have information about his whereabouts is asked to call 911 and to keep him in sight.
Additionally, anyone who is uncomfortable calling 911 can call Crime-Stoppers of Greenville at 23-CRIME, where they can remain anonymous.