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Family wants to offer reward in missing man case


The family of a Proctorville man missing for 10 days is hoping the community will rally to help provide a reward for information about the man’s disappearance.

Alan Lawson, 41, was reported missing by his wife, Paula, April 30 to the sheriff’s office. He was last seen by her April 28 around 11 a.m. when he left their home to check on rental property he owns in Ironton.

“WesBanco has created a non-profit account and it is for information leading to the arrest and conviction,” Paula Lawson said. “If anybody wants to donate toward the reward.”

Lawson said her family plans to contribute to the fund.

“We have no clue,” she said about where her husband is or why he has disappeared.

On Thursday, the 1999 blue Ford Taurus that Alan was driving when he disappeared was found in the 1900 block of James River Road in Huntington, W.Va., across the Ohio River from Burlington.

“There was nothing of real significance (in the car) that would indicate there is foul play,” Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said at the time. “There was no blood, no sign of a struggle.”

Lawless said authorities have no information on why Alan Lawson would have been in that area of Huntington. According to his wife, he was to have met with a woman in South Point about a car that he was trying to sell. Paula Lawson determined that after checking her husband’s cell phone records.

The couple have been together for 13 years and have an 11-year-old son.

“I made my little boy go to school today,” Lawson said. “He spends most of his time in the hallways crying. That’s what I’ve heard. I try to be brave for my little man. When he is not around that is my crying time.”