Shelbyville family raises questions about search for missing man - WSMV News 4

Shelbyville family raises questions about search for missing man

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A Middle Tennessee family is raising questions about how police handled the search of a missing loved one.

Charles "Motoe" Farrar was last seen alive early Sunday morning. But it was a family member who ultimately found the man dead yesterday just feet from his home.

Farrar was found dead in a grassy area off Carney Street. Family members said he had been missing for four days and it was a relative that found him, not police.

"He was 250 feet from the house the whole time, sitting there four days later," said James Farrar, the deceased's cousin.

There are no signs of foul play.

Family members said "Motoe," as he is known, left his house and girlfriend after taking some pills on Sunday. He was reported missing 18 hours later.

James Farrar believes Shelbyville police did not act quickly enough in responding to the missing person report.

James Farrar alleges that over the year there's been bad blood between his cousin and Shelbyville Police Chief Austin Swing.

"He had a son he was going to spend Christmas with and didn't make it," said James Farrar. "It's a terrible situation. You have to wait four days later to find him and family found him 250 feet from his house."

"It would be nice if we had a wand to find someone in an instant," said Swing. "But we don't and sometimes people are happy and sometimes they're not."

Swing said everything was done by the book in searching for Charles Farrar.

He said, sadly, his officers looked near the area where the body was found, but never noticed him.

The chief said his daughter and Charles Farrar had some kind of relationship 20 years ago, but that's been over for a long time.

He also said, and the family agrees, that Charles Farrar had an extensive criminal history and has had mental problems.

"As far as our response, really I'm surprised at that we have done as much trying to locate Mr. Farrar as anyone else," said Swing. "Granted, we didn't send out a posse, but the officers were made aware of his disappearance."

An autopsy will hopefully shed light on how Charles "Motoe" Farrar died.

Swing said if the autopsy shows there was foul play, his officers will investigate.

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