Investigators Believe Land May Be Link To Mississippi Family's Disappearance

FEBRUARY 23, 2004 -- Posted at: 10:45pm

VAUGHAN, MS - Friends and relatives of the Hargon family continue to lean on their communities, as the days since the entire family's disappearance in Mississippi continue to pass.

"The community; the church has been so great, you know. That's what we have to have. Without that, we wouldn't make it through this at all," said Trudy Duncan, Rebecca Hargon's aunt, in Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Vigils began over the weekend; small groups of families, across Mississippi and Missouri praying for the missing Hargon family.

"Come by here Lord. Come by Vaughan, Mississippi," said a local pastor.

Michael, Rebecca and James Patrick have been missing since Valentine's Day. There were bullet holes and blood inside their home and truck.

400 fliers have been passed out with hopes that someone saw what happened to the Hargons on that Saturday. Investigators believe a recent inheritance of Michael's may be a connection. The task force charged with finding the Hargons will use bloodhounds to search an expanded area, well beyond the original five mile radius of the home.

Dave Fuemmeler, Rebecca Hargon's uncle, added "There was a struggle in the house. There were a couple gunshots. There was some blood in the house, which leads me to believe that I think Mike was trying to protect his family."

Relatives believe their three loved ones were kidnapped. Police officers won't give their opinions. Friends worry the authorities are looking for graves.

Investigators are now trying to determine what role the family's property may have played in the family's disappearance. Michael Hargon recently inherited 50 acres of land and was reportedly having trouble paying the bills. Police believe the last person to see him alive was the grounds keeper, who spoke with Hargon the morning the family vanished.

Authorities have sent blood samples from the house to a crime lab in hopes of finding a match and clues as to what happened inside, but so far, like everything else in this case, they've come up with nothing.

A $25,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the Hargon family's safe return. Call your local law enforcement office if you have any leads.