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Reward doubled in case of missing Rusk County man

HENDERSON, Texas (KETK) - The family of a Rusk County man missing for six years held a press conference Monday morning to announce the reward for information leading to his whereabouts has been doubled.

The family of James "Jimmy" Tidwell, Jr., then 58, says the reward will be upped from $3,000 to $6,000. Rusk County Crime Stoppers, Joe and Lynn Akin are each offering $2,000. Flanders Electric and Employees are adding an additional $1,000.

Tidwell was last seen on on February 15, 2012. Tidwell's sister, Lynn Akin, says he left his job and told them he would return in the afternoon, but he never came back.

On February 20, Tidwell's employer contacted authorities asking them to check on him. After hearing nothing, they called again on February 28. That's when it was discovered something was wrong. 

There were no signs of Tidwell at his house and no indications of foul play. 

Officers would find Tidwell's truck about five miles from his house. It was parked on the side of the road for days, near the intersection of State Highway 315 and Farm-To-Market 95. 

For days, officers searched a five-mile radius in deep, wooded areas, but no signs of Tidwell were ever found.  His glasses were left behind in the truck. His case remains open.

Tips can be called in to 903-655-TIPS(8477).


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