Detectives trying to 're-energize' search for man missing since mid-2013

Detectives trying to 're-energize' search for man missing since mid-2013
Relatives and friends of Elbert Knox held a vigil in early June 2013 for the missing Shreveport man. (KSLA News 12 file photo)
Relatives and friends of Elbert Knox held a vigil in early June 2013 for the missing Shreveport man. (KSLA News 12 file photo)

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Almost 2 years and 5 months since he disappeared, detectives are putting out another plea for the public's help in finding a missing Shreveport man.

Elbert Knox, 51, last was seen in mid-2013 walking along a stretch of Kemp Lane less than a half mile from his home in the 2600 block of Circle Drive. Both streets are in north Shreveport's Martin Luther King Jr. neighborhood.

There have been no reports of Knox being seen since he disappeared, and there's no evidence that he still would be in this area, Shreveport police Cpl. Marcus Hines said. Detectives are just trying to "re-energize efforts to locate Mr. Knox," the police spokesman said.

Knox has a scar over his left eyebrow. At the time of his disappearance, he was described as standing approximately 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing 200 pounds and wearing black shoes, dark blue athletic shorts and a blue shirt with white stripes.

Authorities remain concerned about his welfare because he suffers medical issues that require medication, according to a Shreveport police news release. His relatives once told KSLA News 12 that he has hypertension and schizophrenia. In summer 2013, they also were concerned about him being exposed to the heat.

Knox disappeared on or about June 21, 2013. Authorities scoured the area where he last was seen, places he was known to frequent and even a pond north of Shreveport. The active search was called off about a month later after dogs picked up a scent in the area that led to nowhere.

Six months later, relatives and friends gathered to express a lingering hope that he would will turn up. One family member told KSLA News 12 then that it's almost like Knox vanished that Saturday afternoon in June. Each subsequent report of a body being found would stir apprehension over whether it was his.

Authorities once again are are urging anyone with information about Knox's whereabouts to call Shreveport police detectives at (318) 673-2573. They also may call Shreveport-Caddo Crime Stoppers at (318) 673-7373 or visit the group's website at lockemup.org.

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