Family of Kenneth Hughes continues searching 2 months later
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GREENWOOD, S.C. —
It has almost been two months since 28-year-old Kenneth Hughes was last seen.
However, no matter how bad the weather was Thursday, friends, family, and the Greenwood community came together to lift each other's spirits in hopes Hughes will come home.
In a dark church in Greenwood County, the family and friends of Kenneth Hughes came together to pray for a miracle.
Hughes was last seen off of Rush Road in Hodges, South Carolina, on Nov. 16. Since then, the family has dealt with the ups and downs of new leads and disappointment.
"I mean, we do get leads. Not every day but every so often and we get excited because we think we're going to find him. Then we hit a brick wall and then it's nothing. Then we get another lead and it's the same thing," Hughes' aunt, Rhonda Crenshaw, said.
Crenshaw said Hughes' son is also taking it hard as he waits for his dad to come home.
"He's been asking when his daddy is coming to see him. He's been crying wanting to know if he is going to see him again. It's just sad. He doesn't understand, he's 6," Crenshaw said.
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Michael Hubbard with Loudwater Outfitters, an organization that works on missing persons and cold cases, has been helping the family since Hughes disappeared. He said people need to understand this can happen to anyone.
"People think that somebody can't go missing in their family or in their community. That's the worst thing. Out of all these mothers and family members that I've talked to, not just Kenneth Hughes's case but all of them. It's terrible," Hubbard said.
While Hughes' family sat in that quiet church praying for good news, Crenshaw said the stormy weather outside was proof of her nephew's presence.
"He's coming in with the hurricane just because the thunder, lightning, wind and all that. I just thought that was funny because that's him. He was just always full force," Crenshaw said.
"If you're out there listening, give us a phone call and let us know if you're alright because that's what we need. We need that comfort, that closure in this situation. Your dad and your son, they are looking for your return," Hughes' uncle, Bill Crenshaw, said.
The Greenwood Co. Sheriff's Office about Hughes's case and they sent the following statement:
"We appreciate the communities support and willingness to help in all of the searches that have been conducted to try and locate Hughes. Our investigators are continuing to track down leads and interview those willing to speak to us. We ask that anyone that may have any information to come forward or submit it anonymously by calling 1-888-crime-sc."