James “Roger” Tant of South Pittsburg hasn’t been seen since March, and local authorities say there are still no new leads in the search for the missing man.
Authorities say they are working with the TBI, and have done some ground searches near the man’s home, but they still haven’t found anything.
Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett says they have not ruled out foul play in the case, but are pursuing it with that in mind. Burnett said family and friends of Tant say he would not “just walk away” without notice.
The 54 year old man has been missing since March 10th, 2012.
His wife, Patricia Tant, never reported her husband missing, according to official reports. In fact, Roger Tant was not reported missing to authorities until his sister was unable to locate him in May. She reported him missing June 28.
Officials say Tant’s wife told investigators early on that she last spoke to him by phone on March 10th, but gave no reason for not having reported him missing.
Sheriff Burnett said Patricia Tant has retained a lawyer, though she has not been charged or named a suspect.
Marion County Detective Matt Blansett said investigators have been trying to piece together information from interviews with friends, family and folks who raise game chickens. He had numerous game chickens in pens behind their Hewgleys Road home, although many of the pens now are gone.
“We’ve checked with a lot of people who raise game chickens but no one has had contact with him,” Blansett told the Chattanooga Times Free Press in an interview.
Authorities ask anyone with information on Tant’s whereabouts to call the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 423-942-2525 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-824-3463 (1-800-TBI-FIND).
Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press