Son hopes searchers discover dad – from the Quad Cities – now lacking in Utah

An 80-year-old Quad Metropolis native is lacking in a Utah state park. His son, Scott, who grew up within the Quad Cities, asks anybody who is aware of his dad to assist – at a distance – with the search.

William “Invoice” Thorpe was final seen getting off a park shuttle within the park on Thursday, Sept. 1, at about 3 p.m., in keeping with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Workplace.

Since then, his son, Scott Thorpe, has spent sleepless nights questioning the place his dad might be.

“He labored for over 30 years at John Deere. And there was by no means a meal that was not on the desk each single evening,” Scott says of his dad who’s from Erie, Sick.

“He has myself and my sister. He’s an amazing father. He was a single father,” Scott mentioned. 

And now he’s lacking. The daddy and son traveled to Europe collectively, after which took in some reveals in Las Vegas.

“The following I heard from him, he had purchased a motor coach. He’s in every single place now. He’s been up in Alaska. He’s been in every single place along with his motor residence,” Scott says. “He all the time went the place it was good climate.

Invoice Thorpe was final seen Sept. 1 in Bryce Canyon Nationwide Park in Utah. 

“When he goes to the parks, they normally rent him to assist handle the park, for one thing for him to do. He’s all the time employed when he goes to the parks, and helps individuals get settled into their campsites and issues,” Scott mentioned. “It’s not like him. He’s very punctual.”

His RV sits intact within the park. “We’d prefer to have some closure,” Scott mentioned.

He will get each day updates in regards to the search wherein Sheriff Danny Perkins is concerned.

“Sheriff Perkins has been doing this for 36 years, and three’s solely individual he has not been capable of finding …. This isn’t going the place we would like it to go, to this point,” Scott informed Native 4 Information.

Search efforts continued Saturday. Dozens of searchers, rescue canine, a helicopter and drones have been concerned within the search.

“We’re hoping for the very best,” he mentioned. “We’re hoping that one thing occurred, and we simply can’t attain him proper now.”

When you’ve got any info or had been contacted by Invoice Thorpe since Sept. 1, contact native Quad-Metropolis legislation enforcement, Garfield County Sheriff’s Workplace at 435-676-1134 or or NPS Glen Canyon Dispatch at 928-608-6301.


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