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Family still searching for missing Eunice man nearly two years later

Posted at 6:00 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 12:05:15-05

A Eunice woman is keeping hope alive nearly two years after her father’s disappearance.

80-year old David Hardy Jr. went missing in July 2017. According to his family, he was following his son’s car when he took a wrong turn. He was last seen near Pineville.

His car was later found in Elizabeth, but Hardy was nowhere to be found.

Nearly 2 years ago, Hardy’s relatives began their search for him. That search continues today.

“We’re not letting go,” Hardy’s daughter Linda Hardy Freeman said. ” We will not let this turn into a cold case. We’re seeking closure. You’re talking almost 2 years of not getting anything.”

She added, “Within that time of not having him there, he lost 2 of his children. His oldest daughter and oldest son. He has grandbabies that he never seen yet.”

Freeman says hardly any clues have been found since her father went missing.

“The not knowing is the hardest part. It’s different when someone passes away and you know,” Freeman said. “But when you don’t know what happened, If anything happened to him and he’s suffering. That’s the hard part.”

Freeman says her father suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and worries someone could have taken advantage of him.

“There was a witness that said she saw someone driving my dad’s car and another car following him, but nothing,” Freeman said.

Now, the family clings to hope their father will be found safe.

“There is a grieving family out here that wants answers,” Freeman said. ” That wants the truth. We have no heaven or hell to put nobody in, but this is my dad we’re talking about and I just want him back. I just want him back.”

Hardy was last seen on July 8, 2017, near I-49 and Broadway in Alexandria, LA. He was driving a 2006 silver Ford Mustang with a black bumper cover.

He was last seen wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans, a baseball cap and brown Crocs. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please call the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office at (337) 639-4353