2 days, no sign of missing Happy Valley man

2 days, no sign of missing Happy Valley man

Posted: Updated: Aug 26, 2008 11:52 PM EDT
Michael Hearon Michael Hearon
His four-wheeler was later found sitting idle with the switch turned on and no sign of him. His four-wheeler was later found sitting idle with the switch turned on and no sign of him.

HAPPY VALLEY (WATE) -- Search teams continued their effort Wednesday in the second day of trying to find a Happy Valley man who went missing in the area.

All day efforts to find Michael Hearon, 51, came up empty Tuesday and so far Wednesday.

If necessary, they'll start again Thursday morning.

Hearon was last seen Saturday on Bell Branch Road, which intersects with Happy Valley Road and Happy Valley Loop Road.

Teams expanded their search area Wednesday beyond a 100 acre plot of land the Hearon family owns, as well as land next to the family's property. 

"Hopes are still high, as far as I know. We're just going to keep looking. That's what he'd do for us," says Hearon's nephew, Jake Reagan. "We were talking in the truck on the way back and if one of us was lost, he'd be looking for us."

Hearon was going to mow the yard at his grandmother's house Saturday, but his four-wheeler was missing and the mower was still at the house.

Hearon's four-wheeler was later found sitting idle with the switch turned on and no sign of him. His family reported him missing Monday night.

The area where Hearon disappeared is near the Abrams Creek section of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Family and friends say Hearon grew up in Happy Valley and knows the back areas well, often hunting or four-wheeling there. They're shocked he's missing, but say perhaps he got hurt or was bitten by a snake.

Around 100 people from agencies in Blount County, the National Park Service and Rural/Metro took part in the search. Hearon's family and neighbors are also helping.

Verizon set up a portable cell tower so teams can contact each other during the search.

The Happy Valley Community Center continues to serve as the command post.

6 News Reporters Whitney Holmes and Shelby Baker contributed to this report.

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