Family searches for missing Iraq war vet
by Joshua Sharpe
April 01, 2014 05:05 PM | 2145 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chase Massner
Chase Massner

Friends and family of an Iraq war veteran continued a desperate search Tuesday for the 26-year-old Canton resident, who authorities said 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, was reported missing by his wife Amanda and his mother to Cherokee County authorities on Friday, after being last seen at the friend’s house at 555 Farmbrook Lane on Thursday, according to police.

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

The case has been turned over to Cobb Police, after the search for the Canton resident shifted to Kennesaw. Mike Bowman, spokesman for Cobb Police, said Tuesday that detectives had no leads, but “no foul play is suspected,” as it appeared Massner left the house on his own accord.

Since Massner was last seen, there has been no activity on his cell phone 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 the Iraq war as a military police officer and works at a QuikTrip gas station on Bells Ferry Road near Hawkins Store Road in Kennesaw, 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 that 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. It also says he has troubles 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 more than 2,000 members early 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 six feet two inches tall. He has a number of tattoos, including 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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