GH man’s disappearance ‘extremely out of character’

Ottawa County
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DALTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Family and friends of a Grand Haven father last seen Saturday afternoon are asking for the public’s help to find him.

Jeff Scarbrough, 29, was last seen around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, after golfing at the Chase-Hammond Golf Course in Dalton Township, north of Muskegon.

His father told 24 Hour News 8 that Scarbrough had finished playing golf with friends, stopped by a friend’s house briefly and was then supposed to pick up his son in Fruitport. He sent a text to the relative watching his son that he’d be there soon, but he never showed up.

Investigators say Scarbrough’s phone shows no new activity since shortly after that text was sent. There hasn’t been any activity on his bank account, either.

His friends and family members say this is completely out of character for Scarbrough, adding that he has no history of mental health issues and was excited to take his child out to Chuck E. Cheese.

“When it comes to getting his son, there is nothing in this world that means more to him,” said Ina Terwilliger, Scarbrough’s longtime best friend.

She was one of the people spearheading several community searches around Muskegon County Monday. Groups met at designated spots around Fruitport, Egelston and North Muskegon and were then dispatched to specific search areas.

Among those anxiously listening for search assignments was Scarbrough’s father.

“I sure hope he’s all right or if he can get to a phone he can call me,” Roy Scarbrough Sr. said.

Even people who graduated from Fruitport High School with Scarbrough about a decade showed up to help.

Loved ones told 24 Hour News 8 that it’s a testament to his character. They’re confident he wouldn’t run off without sending word to anybody.

“It’s just crazy,” Terwilliger said. “Especially on the day that he was going to get (his son). I mean, (his son) is his world.”

“As much as it feels like a need in a haystack and what could’ve possibly happened because this is unlike him, at the same time, he has so many people that love him and he has a community of people that we’re going to do everything in our power and if that’s something we can be doing right now, then we’re going to do it,” she added.

Scarbrough was last seen driving an older white Honda Pilot with a veteran plate. The stickers from the back window of the vehicle have been removed.

Anyone with information regarding Scarbrough’s whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety at 231.842.3460, Ottawa County dispatchers at 1.800.249.0911 or Silent Observer at 877.88.SILENT.

***CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story stated Scarbrough’s vehicle was silver based on information from investigators. However, photos indicate the vehicle is white.***

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