Family, friends fear for missing Battle Creek couple

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are searching for a missing Battle Creek couple on Wednesday.

The Battle Creek Police Department said 34-year-old Joseph Soule and 31-year-old Jaclyn Lepird were both last seen Wednesday, Oct. 7.

Authorities said details surrounding their disappearances are unknown at this time.

Jimi Soule, the brother of Joseph Soule, says he would never just disappear and is very concerned for his safety.

“He would never leave his family at all,” Soule said.

Courtesy photos of Joseph Soule and Jaclyn Lepird.
Courtesy photos of Joseph Soule and Jaclyn Lepird.

The family says the couple’s car was discovered after someone posted a video on social media of the vehicle left on Lark Street in front of a home.

“He doesn’t know anybody over there,” Soule said. “There’s no reason to park there that I can think of at all.”

Joey Soule’s former mother-in-law Melissa Macedo is trying to stay hopeful but fears the worst.

“His grandma called me two days ago and I immediately went down to his house and tried contacting him and then I left, then I called the police to make a missing person’s report,” Macedo said.

Family and friends searched Bailey Park along the river Wednesday, close to where the car was discovered.

“One of the people who was searching with us found a pair of shoes, and we took a picture of it. I took the picture over to Jackie’s grandma’s house and she identified them as probably being her shoes,” Soule said. “You can’t really tell for sure with the picture, but they’re the same size.”

Jackie’s second cousin Sylvia Villeneuve says her family became very concerned after not hearing from her in days.

“Jackie has a very bubbly personality. She’s very outgoing. She has a lot of friends, so her to just randomly disappearing is very abnormal,” Villeneuve said.

Jackie’s first cousin Ashley Lepird says the evidence is indicating the couple did not disappear of their own free will.

“I know how they left their apartment. They didn’t take nothing with them. They had bags of stuff, just from the store that they just left sitting there and not put way,” Lepird said. “They were definitely coming back.”

Anyone who has seen them or has information on their whereabouts is asked to call Calhoun County Dispatch at 269.781.0911 or Silent Observer 269.964.3888.

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