MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) — It has been a year since a 36-year-old Muskegon County man went missing and still there are no answers.
A father of five, a brother and a son — Justin Lee Holt was 35 when he simply vanished leaving no clues to his disappearance and leaving police and his loved ones to wonder.
“His shoes were here, his jacket was here, his glasses, his cigarettes and they says ‘well, he probably walked away,’ he didn’t walk away,” said Patrick Platt, Holt’s dad.
Justin Holt had spent the holidays with his family, his mother, his two brothers and the man who raised him from infancy.
But on Jan. 3 of last year, Holt was supposed to take his mom to the store and didn’t show sending family to his home near Clear Lake in northern Muskegon County.
“He was self-reliant, he didn’t depend on other people, he was totally independent,” said Platt.
According to his dad: Holt was a free spirit — self-employed selling bait, exotic animals, more than 100 snakes and his own inventions and had years’ worth of food stored up. He was also black-belt in karate.
“He was a go-getter and as of Jan. 3, he is vanished,” Platt said.
As a half-foot of snow fell, family, community members, tracking dogs, dozens of people searching the area, used helicopters and three dives into the lake.
Patrick discovered droplets of blood in his son’s driveway that tests showed belonged to Justin.
Muskegon County investigators have questioned and polygraphed people from several states, but there have been no leads and they say they are at a dead end.
The dad says he is constantly on the lookout for his son to no avail.
“I can’t stop looking over my shoulder,” Platt said while weeping and adding that it seems all his son was is fading away.
“Everything’s gone that he accomplished in life,” Platt said. “I’d like to get closure and find out where he went.”
He makes this plea to the people who know what happened.
“We need closure, y’know, find it in your heart to just call Silent Observer. We’d appreciate it,” Platt said.
Anyone with information can call the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department at (231) 724-7216 or Silent Observer at (231) 72-CRIME or (231) 722-7463.