By: Kylen Mills
3 Quad Citians disappearing in the last 3 weeks.
Willis Hughes, Carrie Olson, and Steven Califf have not been found in unrelated cases.
This string of missing persons has inspired one local man to take action, a man all too familiar with searching for a loved one.
Dennis Harker says his worst fear was never finding his son, dead or alive. So he created the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network to try and find answers for families who are now in his shoes.
"The word I use is anguish, that's all you can use," said Harker.
Dennis Harker's son David went missing back in late September, many scouring the area day and night
"All you do is you just have a loss and you're doing whatever you can. And you don't sleep and you don't eat," said Harker.
David was found dead a few days later, but Dennis Harker was thankful to the community for helping find his son.
"Regardless of the outcome if I've got thousands of people out there supporting me and supporting my family and my loved one that helps tremendously," said Harker.
Dennis Harker credits the Help Find David Harker Facebook page for organizing search efforts. So when 3 people recently went missing in the Quad Cities, Harker thought maybe he could help.
"My intent was to provide a resource and a support for these people and it's gone phenomenally crazy," said Harker.
Harker put together the Quad Cities Missing Persons Network. The Facebook page already has more than 8,000 likes and has reached more than 60,000 people.
"You know it would have been really nice to have a plan, a game plan to go by. To say do this, do this, save this, call that. That' kind of what we're after we want to mobilize people quickly. We want to get the word out when searchers are needed," said Harker.
While Harker says he misses his sons, he's glad to know he rests in peace.
"You need closure. You need to know one way or the other. Whatever the outcome for the families that are searching now I hope they find the people they're looking for," said Harker.
Dennis Harker plans to create a website and meet with volunteers soon.
If you want to help you can message the QCMP Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/QCMPN