NORTH MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A Memphis family is still searching for answers eight years after their relative went missing.
Now, they are worried that the man may have been “fed to the hogs.”
Morterrius Settles’ mother, Diane Garrison, said her son was reported missing in 2010.
“I thought that I would have some answers within a few months,” Garrison said. “But, still no answer. I mean eight hard years.”
According to family members, Settles was last seen driving off with a man from the Tunica Apartments in North Memphis.
The family hasn’t seen or heard anything from him in eight years.
That is, until people in the community would tell the family that the man was fed to the hogs. The man’s sister said people would tell them in person and then text them about it.
"That’s the worst thing I’ve ever heard them say," said Nekita Stokes, the man's older sister. "That they fed him to the hogs."
They started telling the family what they thought happened to him.
“It was the worst thing you could’ve told me,” Stokes said. “They fed him to the hogs. If you fed him to the hogs, how would we ever find out where he’s at?”
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Stokes, said no amount of time can heal the hurt her family still feels.
“It’s worse than death to me,” Stokes said. “A person dies, you can go to the gravesite. We don’t have nowhere to go. We don’t know where he is.”
The family said authorities were unable to find any information, and that’s why they’ve given up hope that he’s alive.
“Every time I look at a large body of water it’s like he may be in there,” Stokes said. “If I look in the woods, and I feel like that’s where he is.”
Garrison said the day Settles disappeared, his girlfriend gave birth to his third daughter.
“My granddaughter, she asks me every time I see her she said granny, where is my daddy? I don’t know what to tell her,” Garrison said.
The family told FOX13 finding his remains will bring them closure.
“If a dead body comes up, I start having anxiety,” Stokes said. “I start wondering is this the day? Is this him? Is this my brother?”
Authorities told FOX13 this case is still classified as an active missing person case.
Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 528-CASH.
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