SHERIFF: Several hundred volunteers searching for missing man from Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI — A family is seeking help locating a missing loved one in Marshall County.

Imagine not seeing or hearing from your loved one for more than two weeks. A Mississippi woman says that’s been her family’s reality.

Brenda Lopez says her brother 21-year-old Jose Nava has been missing since Feb. 28.

“That Sunday was the last time that I talked to him. I wish I would’ve held him tighter and talked to him longer. I don’t know,” said Lopez.

His disappearance has sparked search efforts from both law enforcement and hundreds of community members.

The Ecru Police Department shared a flyer from the family of Nava.

“I’m just scared that something happened to him. We just want people to let us know if he’s OK. Maybe someone has seen him in the nearby areas and didn’t know he was missing,” said Lopez.

Lopez says last week Nava’s car was found in Marshall County near exit 18 on I-22 in Victoria, MS, locked and empty. Not far away from the car, she says they found bullet casings and even traces of blood.

“We found some shoes too where his car was parked, but police say it wasn’t enough to suspect foul play,” said Lopez.

She says her family will continue to search every day until they find Nava.

“If you’re out there and you have seen him, please let us know. Please let us know. If you’ve had a family member that’s missing you know what we’re going through and it’s hard,” said Lopez.

Several hundred volunteers will be in the area of Victoria searching today for the missing person.

Posted by Marshall County MS Sheriff's Department on Saturday, March 6, 2021

Nava was last seen driving a white Jeep Patriot on Feb. 28 in Ecru on J Sewell Cove.

He was wearing a gray Champion-branded sweatshirt and brown khaki shorts, officials said.

The vehicle is missing a headlight and its front and rear bumpers, and it has black rims.

According to the Pontotoc County Sheriff’s Department, authorities found Nava’s vehicle Wednesday on Interstate 22 in Marshall County, which is above Oxford.

If you see him, call the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department at (662) 252-1311.