Family members of missing Battle Creek couple continue search

Missing Battle Creek Couple
Posted at 3:22 PM, Oct 15, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-14 17:02:35-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Family members continued their search for a missing Battle Creek couple who haven't been seen in a week.

While police said they're continuing to investigate, family members decided to walk trails in secluded areas, refusing to give up.

Family members were out again, this time hanging signs and moving their search a little closer to where the couple lived.

They said they were hoping to find any clues or evidence that pointed to 34-year-old Joseph Soule and 31-year-old Jaclyn Lepird.

The couple was last seen on October 7, 2020.

Thursday morning's search took them to Main Street not far from where the couple lived.

"It’s just off the main road and a couple of blocks down. It’s pretty secluded. Nobody goes back there, and there is a lot of woods. It’s just a good place for someone to have done something alone and not be seen," said Joseph Soule's older brother Jimi Soule.

Jimi said not too far into their search, they found what looked like a recently burned burn pile with fresh tire tracks nearby.

It caught his eye for one specific reason.

"There was a piece of clothing that had leopard print on it, and my brother’s girlfriend wore leopard print everyday. Like, all of her clothing items incorporated leopard print," said Soule.

Like they said they'd been doing with other suspicious finds, they contacted police to check it out. The police told them they would send out a crime lab to take a look.

"Anything suspicious I just want them to come and get it right away. They came to investigate it and sent the crime lab out, so I’m happy that they’re listening to what we have to say," said Soule.

Police were also present as family members searched other areas off of Union Street.

Jimi said he continuously follows up with them for any new details.

"They stay in contact with my grandmother, and she contacts me. I might not get everything right away, but I check in with her every few hours to see what she’s heard. She updates me," said Soule.

Battle Creek Police said they're continuing to follow leads and investigate where they can.

If you have any information, police are asking you to contact Calhoun County Dispatch or Silent Observer.

FOX 17 did reach out to Battle Creek Police for more details, but they said they couldn't provide any additional information with the ongoing investigation.