Man missing from Ottawa Co.; abandoned vehicle found

Posted at 3:28 PM, Oct 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-29 22:24:28-04

Demetrius McKnight

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The Ottawa County Sheriff is asking for tips in finding a missing person.

Demetrius McKnight, 25, was last seen by family members on Oct. 19.  On October 23, McKnight's vehicle was found abandoned in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Ottawa Beach Road, near the Holland State Park. After his vehicle was found, McKnight's mother Angelia contacted authorities about the vehicle and her son.

"I play a lot of things through in my mind and I just can't come up with anything that makes sense," Angelia McKnight said.

Detectives say they have checked several different locations and sources, but have not located McKnight. His family tells FOX 17 that he reported his wallet stolen a few days before he went missing, but there's been no activity with his bank accounts. His cell phone was found in the bushes outside his parent's home on Sunday.

His mother says he has two semesters left at Grand Valley State University where he's been working to become an occupational therapist. She doesn't think he'd go missing on his own.

"I'm not ruling out anything," she said. "Do I suspect there could possibly be foul play? Yes I do. This is just out of character for him."

McKnight is described as being 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighs about 170 pounds. He has sleeve tattoos on both arms. He is known to frequent the Holland and Wyoming areas.

Anyone with information should call Silent Observer at 1-877-88-SILENT.