Family shares concerns over missing father of 2

Family shares concerns over missing father of 2

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The family of a Memphis man who has been missing for almost a week hopes someone can help bring their loved one home safely.

Memphis Police Department issued a City Watch alert for Howard Barnett, 38, who has not been seen or heard from since July 18. He was last seen in the 4400 block of Timber Rise Road shortly after 10 p.m.

"I haven't been able to sleep nor eat ever since he been gone," Howard's mother, Betty Barnett, said.

Barnett's family said it is unusual for Howard to go even one day without speaking to his children.

According to his mother, Howard took lunch to his girls at summer camp on Tuesday, then planned to visit a cousin in Germantown.

"This is not like him because he has two daughters that he FaceTimes twice a day. He's got a disabled daddy that he comes over to check on," Betty explained.

Howard is described as a being 5-feet-8-inches tall and 175 pounds with black hair, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray gym shorts, and flip flops.

Betty said her son also has tattoos on his arms.

"His granddaddy on one arm, grandmother on other arm, he's got both of his daughters on each of his arms, Trinity and Shaniah," she said.

Howard drives a 2005 Honda Odyssey Van with temporary tags.

"The word is out and people are out looking. Like we said, it's out of the norm for him. He would not do this," his sister, Tracie Barnett, said. "The love he has for his family, for his kids, for his friends."

Now, Howard's family is pleading with anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact law enforcement.

"I'm pleading for the whole word, somebody got to know something, somebody gotta tell us something, reach out to us," Betty said. "If you don't reach out to us, reach out to the police with any information that you have."

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