Family of missing Whitetop man still seeking answers

Family, friends, and law enforcement gather in front of the Food City in Damascus, seeking information from the public. (Thomas Gray/WCYB)

Family haven't given up hope for leads on a Southwest Virginia man who went missing more than two years ago.

Sunday, they were in Damascus, along with law enforcement, spreading the word that they are still looking for him.

In November 2015, 74-year-old John Wingler - a resident of the Whitetop community - was reported missing and has not been seen since.

"I was at work,” the missing man’s son John Wingler Jr. said. “My brother called me, and he said that our dad was missing."

Wingler’s sons want to know what happened.

"I mean, this is my dad,” John Wingler, Jr. said. “Me and my brother need to get closure and need to solve this."

Wingler' truck, a 2002 red Ford Ranger, also went missing from his home. Investigators never found Wingler or the vehicle.

"We spent a lot of time up there traveling back roads and looking for that vehicle,” Washington County, Virginia Sheriff Fred Newman said. “We were unsuccessful."

They are still seeking any information about what happened to Wingler.

"We're encouraging everyone, if you know of any information at all, even if it may be small, just go ahead a call us and let us look into it,” Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughn said. “At this point, we're wanting to get any information that we can get."

You can call the Grayson County Sheriff's office at (276) 773-3241, or visit its Facebook page.

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