It’s been 175 days since 72-year-old Dan Grannan went missing from his Maysville home. Those 175 days feel like an eternity for his daughter, Lori (Grannan) Jones and son Chris Grannan and stepsons Jason Johnston and Mark Johnston.
“This is something you see on TV but you think it would never happen to you,” said Jones. “It’s been a nightmare.”
Grannan, who went missing around 8 p.m. on Aug. 3, is still under a Silver Alert and listed on the Indiana Missing Person Bulletin. The investigation into his disappearance is also still under investigation by the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, but Jones said she knows her father is no longer alive.
“I know we are not looking for him. We know we are now looking for his remains,” said Jones, who said her father was a lifelong member of the Maysville Methodist Church, but it would have been difficult for him to walk that far, or to the river or Akester Road, due to his age and having asthma. “We know there are people in Washington who know what happened and where our dad is.”
Jones said her father had some past episodes of dementia, but he had been fine the night he disappeared. She also does not believe he wandered away.
“He left his vehicle and all his personal items and medication behind,” said Jones, who said after he was reported missing, searches started immediately. “Cadaver dogs, drones, helicopters, tractors, trucks, ATV’s, boats and professional searchers along with area neighbors and residents conducted searches for days.”
Indiana State Police also aided local agencies and others in the search.
The searching for Grannan, who had owned the Maysville Mobile Manor trailer court and had served on the Board of Zoning Appeals, Jones said, has not stopped.
“We’ve had a lot of people say they have drove out and looked for him themselves and are still looking,” she said, adding some of the terrain searched when Grannan first went missing was grown up with vegetation making the search efforts more challenging at the time. “We are asking people to look anywhere a body could be dumped. Farmers, please check your fields. Check the wooded areas on your property.”
Maysville is a wooded area, Jones said. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department also reminds those searching to be careful while looking and should be sure to check with property owners before trespassing.
“We want everyone to watch out for their own safety,” she said, adding tips on the case, which have come from psychics and strangers, are still coming in and those are being followed up by the sheriff’s department and the state police. “The sheriff’s department and the state police have really worked hard on this. They’ve assured us they will not stop looking.”
Jones, who became guardian over her father’s estate, including his rental properties, said not knowing the whereabouts of her father has taken a toll on the family.
“There are people who could close this case and bring our Dad home and give our family closure,” said Jones, adding the family suspects foul play may be involved. “We just want answers.”
Jones said she believes more people may be willing to talk if there was a reward.
“We’ve not been able to come up with the money to offer an award,” said Jones, who said with no death certificate, the family is still responsible for taking care of Grannan’s bills and other affairs. “It’s sad that people won’t come forward to do the right thing.”
Feb. 8 will mark Grannan’s 73rd birthday and just over six months since the man known by many around the community went missing. Jones said in honor of the day, a balloon release and vigil will be held at the Maysville Methodist Church.
“We’ll be releasing blue balloons in honor of Dad’s birthday and his favorite color,” said Jones, who said the community is invited to attend the vigil that will begin at 6 p.m. “The church will be providing some candles but people may wish to bring another one with them.”
The vigil is planned to be indoors but Jones said if there’s a large crowd, the ceremony may have to be moved outside.
Those with information on Grannan’s disappearance should contact the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department at 812-254-1060.