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Missing Man's Family Hopes for National Attention

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Missing Man's Family Hopes for National Attention
By: CJ Cassidy

CHARLESTON, Mo. - The family of a missing Charleston man says they're hoping to get some national attention.

Tony Woodworth, 36, disappeared nine months ago.

Woodworth's family members say they've contacted John Walsh, the host of "America's Most Wanted."  They say producers of the show say they'll look into the possibilities.

That's great news for this family who says they just don't know what else to do.

"I think someone killed him," Tony's sister, Teresa said.

Nine months after Woodworth's mysterious disappearance she and her mom don't know what else to believe.

Annie Black's T-shirt showcases a photograph of her and her son.  Tony might be gone, but she says he's never far from her thoughts.

"Something's happened to my son and I know it," she said.

That's why she and her family now hope getting some national attention will bring them some answers.

"I want to know why hasn't these police found my son?  If you're somebody like my son, been in trouble with the law, in jail in prison, that's just another person off the street to them," she said.

When I stopped by the Charleston Police station, I was told Chief Robert Hearnes was on vacation.

When I spoke with him last October, Hearnes said he was sending out Woodworth's information to police departments across the country.

"We want them to look for him because he's missing," he said at the time.

Hearnes also said foul play is a possibility but he couldn't track Woodworth because he didn't have a credit card or cell phone.

Back at the Woodworth home, the family huddles together on the front porch, hoping they can someday move past the sadness that surrounds them now.

"We just need closure.  Bring him home and let our minds at rest.  We get no rest now," Teresa said.

She also says the family spent most of the $2000 they offered before as reward money on their search for her brother.

If you have any information you think might help, please call the police nearest you.

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