Muskogee Co. man remains missing

Posted at 3:46 PM, May 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-17 22:35:33-04

MUSKOGEE COUNTY, Okla - Bridging the Gap is helping another family in their efforts to find their loved one. 

As of Monday, search teams eliminated Highway 75 northbound and all side roads.

The family is now reworking the route on Highway 16 from Muskogee to Highway 75, then northbound to Tulsa.

Another group is also set to begin searching for Hopkins on along Highway 69 northbound to Highway 60 westbound to Bartlesville.

Sam Hopkins, Jr. was last heard from on Wednesday right before he traveled from Muskogee to Bartlesville. 

His family has been canvassing the entire area ever since, determined to bring Sam home. 

"He's got to be somewhere, he couldn't have just disappeared, " said Hopkins' sister, Crystal Atkinson. 

To his family, Sam Hopkins, Jr. wears many hats,. He's an outdoorsman, a hard worker, brother, and a devoted father.

Sunday, they walked along Highway 75, hoping for the best.

Orange ribbons serve as a symbol of their progress, and as a message to Sam that's he's dearly missed. 

"He would talk to his boy's every single day. Someone always knew what he was doing. And for him not to contact  anybody is just not like him at all," said Atkinson. 

Hopkins was making the 92-mile drive from Muskogee to his job in Bartlesville on May 11, when he vanished.

On May 13, the family filed a missing persons report, but were not sure what to do next. 

That's when they received a call from volunteer group, Bridging the Gap. 

"We've kinda been through the process now many times. So we empathize, we know what  the family is going through, said Bridging the Gap, volunteer Bryan Guevara. 

Hopkins' family say he knew the back roads well, so tracking the route he took in his burgundy van is challenging. 

"We're just trying to eliminate everything that we can so we can tell them where's he not, " said Guevara. 

It's a daunting task with so many questions. But with volunteers behind them, the family says they'll comb through all of Oklahoma until they find Sam.

"It's all I want. I can't think of the worst so I know he's somewhere and I know we've got to find him because I feel like he needs us, said Atkinson. "It would mean everything to all of us."

Family say Hopkins drives a 1999 Burgundy Ford Windstar van and was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, blue jeans, brown boots and a Brannon Plumbing cap.

If you have any information , you're asked to contact local law enforcement.

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