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Police, family urge public to help find missing man

Elaine Smith and Vickie Washington are making a plea to the public to help find their brother Elbert. (Source: KSLA News 12) Elaine Smith and Vickie Washington are making a plea to the public to help find their brother Elbert. (Source: KSLA News 12)
Police are asking for the public's help in finding Elbert Knox of Shreveport, last seen in June 2013. (Source: Shreveport Police Department) Police are asking for the public's help in finding Elbert Knox of Shreveport, last seen in June 2013. (Source: Shreveport Police Department)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

There's a renewed effort underway to find a missing man who simply vanished more than three years ago. And as Shreveport Police ask for the public's help once again, the man's family has refused to give up hope.

"He know I love him and he calls me everyday. Five and six times a day," said Elaine Smith back in June of 2013 as she fought back tears.

We first spoke with Smith just two days after her brother vanished. Elbert Knox, who suffers from a mental condition, was last seen walking down Kemp Lane in north Shreveport, less than a mile from his home on Circle Drive.

At the back of the family home, there was one potential clue spotted by Knox's family. It was one of Elbert's shoes. It was found at the edge of the back lawn where the woods begin. 

Family members, police and volunteers all searched the wooded areas around Knox's home but found nothing, not even Elbert's other shoe. Just broken branches and brush.

Relatives remember when police dogs had picked up a scent in the area. But the scent just dropped off, like he may have gotten into a car. 

Speaking to us over the weekend, one of Knox's sisters, Vickie Washington told us, "The only way Elbert would have got in a car, he would have had to have been forced in a car because he was not going to just get in anybody's car."
 
In June of 2014, a full year after Knox disappeared, family members had organized another search effort. Smith described to us at the time, "We are going to go to parking lots, department stores, and we're going to put fliers on the cars and this time, we're going to knock on doors"

They even went door to door and park to park, passing out fliers and searching but still found nothing to even hint at where Knox went.

Now three years later, police are once again asking for the public's help to find Knox, who would be celebrating his 54th birthday this Tuesday.

"Every day you think about him. Every single day," said Washington.

Now the two sisters, Elaine Smith and Vickie Washington, are making a plea to the public to help find Elbert.

"If somebody out there's seen him please just let us know," urged Smith.

Washington added, "Please let us know because we, emotionally it has taken a toll on our family."

Until they hear any differently, they will hope and pray Elbert Knox is still out there somewhere; and that someone must know something. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Elbert Knox, or details on his disappearance, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. That number is (318) 673-7373.

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