UPDATE 6/24/13 – The police state they believe they have found the body of Fred Bryne not too far from where his car was found on Feb. 13. A medical examiner will made the positive identification.
Previous story: Fred Byrne, 49, from Big Rapids, Mich. went missing on Tuesday Feb 12. He told his family he was going to River Town Crossings Mall in Grandville in Kent County to buy a Valentine’s Day gift for his wife, Diana, after he visited his mother in Holland, Mich. and taking his son back to Hope College.
On Feb 13, Fred’s car was found parked off a service road in the Mark Twain National Forest in Van Buren, Mo. It had been there for several days according to a witness. The Carter County Sheriff Dept. checked the car and found Fred’s wallet on the rear floor and his keys in the center console. The 2005 Chevrolet Malibu was unlocked. Fred was not found in the area.
Fred’s wife Diana did not know why her husband’s car was in Missouri.
Byrne’s Malibu has a Michigan license plate BSY0298 in a Hope College plate cover and a BR sticker on one side of the back window and a Hope College Parent sticker on the other side of the window. If you seen the vehicle during the time between Feb. 12 and 15, please notify the police.
If you know anything about this case then you are asked to call the Big Rapids Department of Public Safety at 231.527.0005.