Dennis Lushbough, Jr.

GREG LOWER

This year’s hunters may hopefully provide clues about an Allen County man who has been missing for two years.

Dennis Lushbough, Jr., Iola, has been missing since Aug. 13, 2017, from an area of southwest Allen County near the Neosho County line.

The search and rescue organization Texas Equusearch has already conducted searches for Lushbough this season and plans to continue in a few weeks after foliage dies back, said volunteer searcher Sue Drake.

“We hope to bring closure to this for the family,” Drake said, and there is a lot of area to cover. “As long as we have areas of interest, we will continue searching.”

She said hunters need to be aware of any clothing they may find in the woods.

“They may not even be aware of what they’re seeing,” she said. “You just don’t know if that could be related.”

Lushbough’s mother, Sherry Russell, Springdale, Ark., said she hopes someone will remember something about the night her son disappeared. She said she has dealt with depression since the disappearance.

“It’s been difficult for me,” Russell said.

Allen County Sheriff’s Office Detective Doug Campbell said Lushbough was last seen driving north in Neosho County. His van was discovered in a field near Arizona Road in the southwest area of Allen County.

Russell said her son was driving the van with his girlfriend, Alexandria “Dawn” Deweese, as a passenger. After a disagreement, he let her out, but Russell was not sure what route they were taking.

The van was found two weeks later, a few miles from where Deweese was picked up.

Some of Lushbough’s personal affects were in the van, but there was no indication of foul play or suicide, Campbell said.

Lushbough was 44 at the time of his disappearance, five-foot, six-inches tall and weighing 180 to 200 pounds, with dark brown hair and eyes. He was possibly wearing khaki or light-colored shorts and dark-colored tennis shoes, and he frequently wore bandanas and on occasion, a ball cap.

Russell said she has remained in contact with Deweese, hoping she will remember something helpful. Neosho County officers assisted in a search of the Neosho River, and Lushbough’s family also hired a helicopter to search the area.

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