Man still missing after 2 years; Family not giving up hope

ST. STEPHEN, SC (WCSC) - The family of a man who went missing two years ago says they are not giving up hope that Joe Swinton will be found.

Swinton was 46 when he disappeared after failing to pick up his son at his mother's house. His truck was found five days later not far from his home. A two-day search turned up no clues.

Now, Swinton's family is dealing with another tragedy. The missing man's mother died last Saturday.

"My mother said the Sunday before last, she said that if he's dead she would like to know, if he's alive she would like to know and we all would like to know," said Shirley Vernell Swinton, Joe Swinton's sister.

Family members don't know if Swinton ran away or if he met up with foul play.

"There's so much evilness out there and we just don't know, but he was too loving for anything to come harm to him," said Annie Swinton Ludd, Joe Swinton's cousin.

"Only thing we want is closure, no matter which way it is," said Lucretia Varner, Joe Swinton's cousin. "When you get closure, you can move on. Without closure you can't move on."

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office said Monday that Swinton's disappearance is still an open case.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. You can remain anonymous and may earn a cash reward.

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