JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Greenville Police suspect foul play in the disappearance of a man spent much of his life working in Jackson. George "Bubba" Arnold has been missing since Saturday January 23rd.
About a year ago the father of three and grandfather moved to Greenville to care for his elderly parents. It's been nearly a week since anyone has seen Arnold.
"He hasn't shown up. Seems like their letting it go by the wayside. It's sickening really," said Arnold's close friend Buddy Shelton.
Saturday investigators discovered signs of a struggle and several pools of blood both inside and outside of Bubba Arnold's home on Highway 82 in Greenville.
"There's nobody out there that would target Bubba or hurt him. He must have walked in on something that was going on," said Arnold's former coworker and friend Mark Escade.
In fact, Greenville Police Chief Charles Patterson said money was missing from the house Arnold shared with his parents. Late Saturday evening Arnold's Ford F150 was discovered nearly four miles away on Barnes Landing Road near the river. Chief Patterson said the blood stained truck was partially burned. Evidence from the vehicle has been sent to the state crime lab.
"I'm sure somebody knew something. Hopefully someone is going to brag and they're going to catch him," said Escade.
Three persons of interest have been questioned. For now police are classifying it as a missing person's case.
"I'd appreciate it if the Greenville Police will call it what it is. It's not a missing person. Bubba is not missing. Bubba is gone and the faster they get on it the more likely they'll find out what happened to Bubba," said Escade.
Greenville Police want anyone with information on George "Bubba" Arnold's disappearance to call Crime Stoppers at 662-378-TIPS (8477).
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