Seventeen year old Wade Lurk disappeared a week ago on March 30 after attending an overnight party at Goose Creek Lake. His mother begged rural St. Genevieve County residents to search their properties for any evidence of her missing son.
Wade Lurk’s mother, Tina is asking rural St. Genevieve County residents and property-owners to search their property for any clues as to what happened to her son.
Tina Lurk said, “Looking for any kind of evidence, possible. Could be as a shoe, a shirt, his car, him… anything.”
Also investigators would like to talk to anyone who traveled on Missouri Highway Y in St. Genevieve County, late Friday night March 30 or early Saturday, April 1. Even if you don’t think you saw anything they ask that you call St. Genevieve County investigators.
Two rewards are being offered for information in the disappearance. You can call Crimestoppers toll free at 866-371-8477.
Seventeen-year-old Wade Lurk, the oldest child of the family, was last seen at about 4 a.m. Saturday. He was asleep in his car, parked outside a weekend lake house where authorities said Lurk and his friends had been partying and playing cards. By 6 a.m., Lurk and the car were missing.
A security guard at Goose Creek Lake, a development near the Ste. Genevieve-St. Francois County line, told police he saw the car leave the gated community, but the guard wasn’t sure if Lurk was driving.
Hundreds of searches have helped in trying to locate Wade to no avail. Police have no idea what happened to the missing teen. They are ruling against a runaway as many of the conditions do not correlate to one.
Typically, teen-agers who disappear turn up a few days later – and alcohol, drugs or youthful emotion are frequently the culprits. In more serious cases, a missing teen might be injured in an auto accident or might be trying to run away for good. But few cases justify fears of foul play.
The disappearance of Wade Lurk might be one of those cases.
Wade Lurk was driving a white 1990 Nissan Stanza with Missouri license 720WCC. Anyone with any information please call the sheriff’s office at 573-883-5215 or 573-883-5820.
Police Still Need Help Finding Missing Teen
Investigators say more than 40 teens attended what they call an underage drinking party there, but say that’s where the trail ends.
“He didn’t have a lot of money with him, and he didn’t have clothes. He had a cell phone which was charging in his car that had never been turned on, and so we know he hasn’t used it,” Cpl. Al Nothum with the Missouri Highway Patrol says.
Firefighter Bob Reeves helped rescue crews search the five lakes in the area.
He says Lurk’s disappearance has folks in the tight knit community shocked.