Authorities do not yet have any solid leads in the case of a missing De Soto man who has not been seen since early this month.
Andrew Craig, 29, was last seen June 2 at Ball Creek Bowl, located off of Highway 21, in De Soto.
Detective Sgt. Rick Draper of the De Soto Police Department said Wednesday that the agency has been actively “pinging” Craig’s cell phone, but the device is shut off, so officials have been unable to elicit any type of response.
Draper said there have been no reliable reports of sightings of Craig.
Officers searched Craig’s apartment and did not find any evidence of foul play. He said they found food left out in a bowl on the table, however, making it appear that he might have “just gotten up and left."
He added that Craig’s car keys and car are gone.
Reportedly a union carpenter, Craig has not reported for work. He also has not been in contact with family members.
Draper said it is possible that Craig just left.
He said it is not necessarily unusual for him to go off on a camping excursion, adding that it appears that Craig is into the outdoors and familiar with survival techniques. It is unusual for him to leave without contacting anyone, however, he said.
The situation has left the department with some questions about Craig’s whereabouts.
“The problem is there’s more questions than answers,” he said.
Draper said when Craig was last seen, he was talking with a neighbor at Ball Creek Bowl.
While no incidents occurred at the bowling alley, authorities believe Craig may have been involved in an alleged assault May 31 at Fat Boy’s Saloon & Grill in De Soto, Draper said.
Officers responded to Fat Boy’s at about midnight on May 31 for a report of an assault against a 27-year-old St. Louis man who was visiting family in town. Craig was not identified at the time as a suspect in the case, but when the missing person’s flyer was released featuring his photograph, the man who allegedly was assaulted came forward and pinpointed Craig as the responsible individual, Draper said.
The incident reportedly was related to a dispute over a woman, he said.
Police have questioned those involved in the incident and do not believe that they played any role in Craig’s disappearance.
“We’re confident that that’s not the case,” he said.
Craig is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs roughly 200 pounds. He has red hair and hazel eyes.
He owns a maroon 1994 four-door Chevrolet Lumina with a temporary Illinois license plate displaying the number 001242173.
Anyone with information on Craig’s whereabouts is asked to call De Soto Police at 636-586-8891.