Special story written for the 18 Wheel Angels campaign:
My name is Janice Wells, my husband John (or Tim as we call him) went missing December 2nd 2009.
Tim's stepfather passed away on December 1st 2009. Things were hectic around the house as we prepared for the funeral. The viewing was scheduled for December 2nd, and we were all to meet at the church. Tim never showed up and that is the last time we saw him.
Tim is the kind of man who knew no strangers. He is a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and uncle.
Things had seemed really good in the last year, Tim was working regularly, and doing well physically and spiritually. We had just welcomed two grandsons into our family, both boys were born a mere 10 hours apart and we were reveling in our new role as grandparents. Tim and I have 3 daughters and were delighted to finally add some boys to the family. We were happy, looking towards the future and what we would do when our youngest daughter graduated high school.
My world and my children's world stopped spinning on the day Tim disappeared, and since that day we have been in a constant state of limbo.
Tim's truck was found in the woods in Aiken County, South Carolina on December 7th 2009 by the highway patrol. I was notified of this and sent my middle daughter to sit with the truck while I notified the sheriff. A man showed up at the scene claiming that Tim had sold him his truck, car trailer and tools for $150.00. The sheriff asked the man to produce a title or bill of sale, he could do neither, and the truck was turned over to Tim's father and returned to me.
Tim works out of his truck. He loved that truck, and it meant everything to him. None of us believe that Tim would sell his belongings for a mere $150.00. The sheriff questioned the man but said they had no leads.
My daughters and I have printed posters, distributed them and linked his name to several missing persons websites, but we really have had few leads. We were informed recently that a friend of Tim's had taken him to Southern California on Dec 9th 2009 and dropped him off at Ocean Force beach in San Diego County. The sheriff did check out the friends story as they had stayed in a Salvation Army shelter in Abilene, Texas. The trail ends there, and here it is almost 4 months later, and no-one in our family has heard anything from him.
If Tim is in crisis we want to help him. We want him home where he belongs, where he is loved and missed desperately.
We have contacted NaMus, and they are helping us to collect DNA from his parents. I have stayed in close touch with Kelly Jolkowski of Project Jason and others who are helping guide us through this process. My family and I are so grateful for the help we have received.
If there is anyone out there that can help us locate Tim, we will be forever grateful. Please contact Detective Sanders At Aiken County Sheriff's Department 803-642-1784 or 803-642-1761