October 13, 2005 – Posted at 5:58 p.m. CDT
POPLAR BLUFF, MO -- Friends and family of a missing Region 8 business man cling to hope that he is still alive. It's a case that is stumping police in Southeast Missouri and they're asking for your help.
Steve Woodsmall was last seen leaving work at the Long John Silvers in Poplar Bluff where he is a co-owner. Almost two months ago, it was the last time anyone has seen or heard from him.
“He was a very involved parent,” said ex-wife Sonya Woodsmall, “He spent a lot of time with the kids so of course they miss him terribly and after two months, they are getting discouraged. You know they're starting to wonder if they're ever going to know.”
Woodsmall disappeared on August 12th in an orange truck with Missouri tags, license plate 452 BG8. Investigators have been chasing leads ever since.
“We've had a couple of tips that have come in. One from Harrisburg , Arkansas and the other from Walnut Ridge, Arkansas,” said Poplar Bluff Assistant Police Chief Gary Pride, “People are saying they've been seeing a vehicle similar to this one.”
A $10,000 reward is being offered by friend of the Woodsmall family and is being advertised on a large billboard on business Highway 67. Police believe Woodsmall may have been dealing with personal concerns and could have been suffering from depression. Officials don't suspect foul play at this time, but his family is starting to think otherwise.
“He did not take his phone; he did not take his blood pressure medication. He didn't tell anybody and apparently he hasn't used his bank account or any credit cards so that worries us quiet a lot,” said Woodsmall.
But the family is still clinging to the hope that he'll come home safely.
“We have a really strong faith and we know that God is in control and we're going to be okay, no matter how it turns out. So we're just trying to take each day one at a time,” said Woodsmall.