Bloody Clues Found After Family Vanishes
Michael Hargon, 27, his wife, Rebecca, 29, and their son, James, 4, disappeared from their home Saturday.
V A U G H A N, Miss., Feb. 18 Police say a well-liked family from rural Mississippi went missing over the weekend, leaving behind only bullet holes and blood in their modest home.
Relatives are offering a $25,000 reward for the safe return of Michael Hargon, 27, his wife, Rebecca, 29, and their son, James, 4, who disappeared from their home in Vaughan Saturday.
The relatives say they believe the Hargons were kidnapped, though police have classified it as a missing persons' case.
Rebecca's mother, Linda Hirtz, says that after looking through the family's home, she believes they were not prepared to leave.
"It looks as if they were just here. The medicine is still all here. James had had prescription medicine for asthma and breathing treatments twice a day," Hirtz said on ABCNEWS' Good Morning America.
Yazoo County Sheriff James Williams said investigators have been conducting interviews and finished a three-day investigation at the home. Police found bullet holes in the family's pickup truck, parked outside the home, and more bullet holes lodged in the walls and ceilings inside the home, along with a thin trail of blood.
"The crime lab came in and did a thorough investigation of the house. What we are doing now is waiting on the analysis of the blood from the crime lab," Williams said.
Vaughan is a small community with a population of about 1,400, located about 40 miles north of Jackson, the state capital.
Hirtz says she believes someone from outside the family was involved in their disappearance.
"They are a loving family," Hirtz said. "We were here last weekend. The whole family went to Chucky Cheese for James' birthday," she said.
Michael Hargon is a construction worker and Rebecca works as a physical therapist. The Hargons were last seen Friday night. A family friend who drove by the house Saturday morning was the first to tell relatives that something appeared to be wrong. She noticed the front door of the house and the driver's door to one of Michael Hargon's pickup trucks open.
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Empty shell casings and blood were found near the house, but all three of the family's vehicles were there and there was no sign of forced entry. Nothing appeared to be missing from the one-story brick home.
Williams says the FBI has joined their investigation into the family's disappearance. He said their small county is not equipped with the forensic tools needed for this case. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is also helping in the search by using helicopters to scour the area surrounding the Hargon home.
If you have information about the missing family, contact the Yazoo County Sheriff's Office at (662) 746-5611 or the Mississippi Highway Patrol at (601) 987-1530.
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