Search efforts among friends have hit a new urgency in the case of missing Watertown artist David Riemens.
Fighting her way through the crowd Saturday, Allison Reynolds was at the Watertown Mile Yard Sale, handing out flyers and spreading the word about her missing friend.
"I've known David since I was a small child," said Reynolds. "He was just a friend of our family. When we were little kids, he'd send us these postcards. They'd show whatever art he was working on."
A 60-year-old stonemason, in early August Riemens went to meet someone about a possible construction job. His truck was left at a local Dollar General, but Riemens was never found.
"Every day we're trying hard," said Reynolds. "Every day we're trying to get the word out. We're just talking to anyone who'll listen to us."
Today, "missing" posters display Reimens's face from windows, while a billboard has just been set up on Highway 70 near downtown Watertown.
"After reading over those post cards, I'd write him back 1,000 times if I thought that would bring him home," said Reynolds. "We just love him, and I wish he'd come home."
Last month, a K-9 team only picked up Riemens's scent a few feet from a Dollar General parking lot. Friends believe Riemens left the lot in a second vehicle, possibly with the unknown man he was meeting about construction work. If you have any information on Riemens, the Wilson County Sheriff's Department and Crime Stoppers are offering a $1,000 reward.
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