I found this article about Derek Funk, who’s been missing from Knoxville, Tennessee for ten months now. It’s a very good article, and I’m happy this case got some media attention — most missing young men get zilch.
It sounds like Derek had a lot going for him. He was only 19 but he was living on his own, renting a house with an option to buy, and he had a good job. I doubt he’s still alive. The $64,000 question, to my mind, would be where is his truck? Vehicles are a lot harder to hide than bodies. But because of the mix-up with the license plate number, this one might be relatively easy.