Search for Gene Coleman Intensifies

It's been almost two weeks since Gene Coleman was last seen, and Texas EquuSearch is joining in the search.

They are stationed at the Church of Christ in Normangee, the town where Gene Coleman, 53, was last seen.

Coleman, who is originally from Bryan, disappeared August 8. The Madison County Sheriff's Office found his abandoned truck on Dawkins Road in Normangee, with the keys still inside. Sheriff's officials and family members suspect foul play.

Texas EquuSearch plans to search for Coleman on Saturday and Sunday.

Today search teams met with family members to learn more about Coleman's disappearance.
Searchers say the likelihood of finding Coleman alive is slim, but they will do everything possible to bring closure to his family.

"We can't promise or guarantee that we are going to find him, but I promise or guarantee that we will do everything possible to find him," Frank Black with Texas EquuSearch said.

News 3 talked with Coleman's family Thursday. They say they are hoping for the best, but expecting the worst.

"If Gene was ok, he would have let us know," Linda Stewart, Gene's sister, said. "He called his daughter everyday, he was always in contact with someone in the family. It's not like him to just wander off."

Texas EquuSearch is asking for volunteers for this weekend's search. Searchers are asked to meet at the Church of Christ in Normangee on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. If you can't search, but would like to help, Texas EquuSearch is asking for food and drink donations.

Coincidentally a year before Coleman's disappearance a Normangee man disappeared from the same general area.

Jim Craig Martin has not been seen since August 7th of last year. He was last seen in the 2900 block of Springfield road in Normangee. Officials suspect foul play.


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