HOLLAND, Mich. – Angie McKnight sits on her living room couch scrolling through old photos and messages her son Demetrius has sent her.
“He’s very family-oriented,” she told 13 ON YOUR SIDE. “That’s why to not hear from him is unusual.”
Demetrius McKnight was last seen on Oct. 19.
It’s been 11 days since she last heard her son’s voice. Since then, his cell phone was recovered under a bush in front of their home. His car was later discovered on Oct. 23, abandoned in a business parking lot, overlooking the Macatawa Bay with all of its windows down.
“It’s the unknown. It’s like is he out wandering? Did somebody take him? Just a number of thoughts that are going through my mind.”
On Tuesday, the Ottawa County Marine Patrol searched the bay by boat. They also had crews search the Holland State Park grounds just a few miles down the road. Ottawa County officials say they will be back out there Wednesday, weather pending.
In the meantime, Angie is holding on to hope that her son will come back. On Tuesday, she visited the parking lot his car was found and replaced the missing persons sign she tacked to a tree.
This flyer is water-proof and hangs above a bag she filled with a blanket, Demetrius’ favorite snacks, and a poncho.
“For Demetrius, to keep my baby warm,” she said as she wrote a message on the bag.
“Every time that doorbell rings or someone knocks on that door my heart just melts. I’m just overcome with emotion not knowing what they’re going to tell me, if it’s going to be officers, if they have good news or bad news,” she said as she began to cry.
“We love him. We miss him. Just come home safe, wherever you are just come home safe.”
The body of a missing Park Township man was found in an Ottawa County lake Saturday afternoon.
Police had been searching for 25-year-old Demetrius McKnight after his vehicle was found abandoned on Oct. 23 in the parking lot of Lake Ranch Resort at 2226 Ottawa Beach Rd. Family had last seen him on Oct. 19.
Several marine units had unsuccessfully searched different locations in the area before his body was found in Lake Macatawa on Saturday.
McKnight’s mother said he has no connection to the resort and was concerned when she contacted deputies. She also said there was no reason for his car to be where it was found.