MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – Lamar and Brandy Hinton are hopeful.
“You can’t give up,” Lamar said. “You have to keep pushing and trying.”
It’s been three long weeks since their 16-year-old son Lamar Hinton Jr. disappeared. They last saw him before he went to bed on Apr. 29.
“You get kind of desperate,” Lamar said.
“Maybe I’ll see him,” said Brandy Hinton, Lamar Jr.’s stepmother. “It’s crazy how it is. Like you’re riding down the road and you’re looking in every car.”
They’re ramping up their search. On Saturday, volunteers passed out 500 flyers with LJ’s pictures, height, and weight.
“We placed these in Rutherford County, Cannon County, and also Coffee County,” Lamar said.
It’s a desperate search Heather Simmers-Bond knows all too well.
“It doesn’t get easier,” Simmers-Bond said. “It gets different.”
“You know what that feels like. You know what they’re going through.”
Her son has been missing for more than two years.
“I went into his room, told him goodnight and not to stay up too late and that was the last time I saw him,” Simmers-Bond said.
In March, she started the website “Bring Devin Home.”
It has a timeline of his disappearance, pictures, and phone numbers to report tips.
“I can’t stop until I find him,” Simmers-Bond said.
The mother reached out to the Hinton’s when she heard their story.
“If I see someone who has a missing child in the area, I always try to reach out,” Simmers-Bond said.
That support has helped pull the family through the difficult time.
“It’s very encouraging,” Lamar said.
Each day they hope and wait for LJ to walk through the door.
“Just come home and let us see you,” Lamar said. “And, let’s move forward as a family.”
Anyone with information on either missing teen is asked to call the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department at (615) 898-7720.