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Possible Foul Play in Missing Persons Case

It's a case that has investigators and family members searching for answers.

Where is Richard Trimble?  Even better, where is the man that last saw him alive?

Authorities believe Joey Dale Ward, 27, is the missing piece to that puzzle.

Said to be a friend of Trimble, Ward went missing a week later.  Authorities say that's a situation worthy of suspicion.

"Because of the time frame, the family hasn't heard from Mr. Trimble, nor has the Ward family heard from Joey, explained Elmore County Investigator Anthony Crenshaw.

Two weeks ago, Richard Trimble's family waited outside the Elmore County Judicial Complex for any information.

Now, they're at home, but the need to know is still very much alive.

"If Joey could come forward, we could get in touch with him, and maybe he could tell us something.  He was the last person who saw Richard," said Arthur Trimble, Richard Trimble's brother.

With burglary and theft warrants out on Ward, investigators say time is of the essence.

"We just want anybody out there to give us information," Crenshaw said.

Authorities say foul play is a strong possibility in both cases, naming Trimble and Ward both "endangered missing persons"

That's something Arthur Trimble can't stand to hear.

"I don't want to think about that because 'foul play' means he's probably dead, and I want to keep the hope," he said.

The Trimble family says they'll keep that hope. 

They will be all over Elmore County this weekend, handing out flyers and hoping that someone has good news in this case.


Reporter:  Cody Holyoke

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