Search still on for missing vet
by Joshua Sharpe
April 01, 2014 11:55 PM | 7448 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chase Massner
Chase Massner
KENNESAW — Family and friends of a 26-year-old Iraq war veteran continued a desperate search Tuesday after authorities said the man walked away from a friend’s house last week in Kennesaw and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Chase Massner, a husband and father of two who lives in Canton and works at a QuikTrip convenience store on Bells Ferry Road in Kennesaw, was reported missing by his wife and mother on Friday after he did not return from a friend’s house off Farmbrook Lane in Kennesaw on Thursday, according to police.

A police report from the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office says Massner and his wife, Amanda, had been having disagreements, and he stayed the night at the friend’s house, before witnesses saw him walk away.

Cobb County Police inherited the case from Cherokee County, said Officer Mike Bowman, spokesman for the Cobb department.

“It started with Cherokee; they’d already written up a detailed report, interviewed people and discovered that he left on his own accord, and there was no sign of foul play,” Bowman said. “He’s an adult, and witnesses saw him walking away from the friend’s house of his own accord, so there’s nothing really we can follow. There’s no active search at this point.

“We did file a report after we realized the case was ours, but we have no active leads to follow up on, and no reason to suspect foul play.”

Since Massner was last seen, there has been no activity on his cellphone or bank accounts, and apparently no one has heard from him, said Scott Rabideau, a family friend who has been heading the search effort for the U.S. Army veteran.

“There’s been literally radio silence,” Rabideau said Tuesday morning. “It’s hard to disappear like that and go very far with nothing. It’s very hard to do that. We’re still hoping he’s here in the area somewhere.”

Massner served a year in Iraq as a military police officer, Rabideau said.

Rabideau said it isn’t like Massner to be away from home so long and not contact anyone.

“This is unlike his character, unlike his personality,” Rabideau said. “The family never expected him to just leave.”

The Cherokee police report says Massner, who was honorably discharged from the Army in 2011, had been having disagreements with his wife for a few days leading up to his disappearance. The report also said he has had some trouble with his mental state.

Rabideau said the troubles with Massner’s wife didn’t appear to be anything he couldn’t get over.

Family members and friends have been canvassing the Kennesaw area, going from business to business and passing out flyers searching for Massner, Rabideau said. They have also started a group on Facebook called “Missing Chase Massner,” which had 2,092 members Tuesday.

“I personally know about 10 to 15 people who have been out in the last two days,” Rabideau said. “Some of them have been up until 5:30 in the morning looking, just sort of driving around aimlessly hoping that they come across him walking down the road.”

Massner has brown hair and eyes and was wearing a red sweatshirt and khaki pants when he was seen last. He weighs 175 pounds and stands 6-foot-2 inches tall. He has a number of tattoos — a treasure chest, angel and his last name on his arm and two roses on the right side of his chest.

Friends and family are asking anyone with information to call Cobb Police at (770) 499-3945 or Rabideau at (470) 554-9395.

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