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Reward increased for information about missing Rusk County man

Reward increased for information about missing Rusk County man
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POSTED: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 5:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 5:10pm

One day shy of a year after a Rusk County man went missing, his family, his employer and officials are hoping an increased reward will help turn up answers.

Crime Stoppers, Flanders Electric and family members on Thursday announced a $5,000 reward for any information about 58-year-old James Tidwell’s disappearance.

Tidwell, of Mount Enterprise, clocked out of work at Flanders Electric in Longview at about 7 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2012, at the end of his shift. He has not been seen or heard from since.

On Feb. 20, when Tidwell had not shown up for work for several days, the plant manager called the sheriff’s department.

Investigators found the man’s abandoned truck on FM 95 and Hwy 315, about five miles from his home.

Rusk County Chief Deputy Ron Duncan called the missing person case baffling.

“It looks like James just walked out the door and disappeared,” Duncan said. “This is a missing person case until we have something to indicate otherwise,” the chief deputy said.

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