Carter Co. man missing since New Year's Day

SPRINGER, Okla. (KXII) - Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant says 26-year-old Justin Ned was riding in a car with his sister and a male friend when he supposedly got out and started walking down Paul street in Springer early Jan. 1.

He hasn't been seen or heard from since.

"My heart can't help but think something is wrong," Penny Sloan said.

Penny Sloan is Ned's mother.

She says she and a close family friend, Cheryl Walker, became worried when they didn't hear from him.

"We started asking questions to people that knew him," Walker said. "No one had seen or heard from him at that time in almost two weeks."

Walker and Sloan say it's not like Ned to go without calling either one of them -- especially to ask about his 4-year-old son who lives with Sloan.

"He's always been a part of Jackson's life," Sloan said. "Jackson is very much missing - he's missing his dad."

And now the Carter County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

"We are wanting to make sure we can find him and locate him as soon as possible and make sure that he's okay and where his whereabouts at," Bryant said.

Bryant says they have conducted interviews but have no leads yet.

Ned is 6 foot 3 inches tall and weighs 280 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black or dark colored shirt, possibly a black hoodie or jacket, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

"I know Justin has to be somewhere, somebody has to know something," Sloan said. "He's a big boy, he can't just vanish in thin air."

Sheriff Bryant says there is no definitive evidence of foul play but it hasn't been ruled out.

If you have any information about Ned or his whereabouts, call the Sheriff's Office.

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