Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No One's Looking for Missing Brother; Charles Parrish Says Reports about Andy Don't Add Up, but 2-State Case Sits Unclaimed

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

No One's Looking for Missing Brother; Charles Parrish Says Reports about Andy Don't Add Up, but 2-State Case Sits Unclaimed

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Byline: Dana Treen

The family of a Putnam County man who disappeared Friday after a Georgia visit say they expect grim news and are frustrated with authorities.

"There is nothing that I've heard or seen in the last 36 hours that is going to lead me to believe there is going to be a positive outcome," said Charles Parrish, whose 46-year-old brother, Floyd "Andy" Parrish Jr., is missing after a visit to Athens.

Reports that his brother may have sold a treasured collection of more than 100 handguns, rifles and other guns or that he would leave his Ford Explorer abandoned where it was found in Duval County over the weekend are unfathomable events, his older brother said. That since Friday his brother has not called family or friends that he normally contacts a half dozen times a day, that he missed work and was selling his guns to help a woman financially are equally out of character.

"That doesn't wash with anyone I've talked to," Charles Parrish said. "He never said anything to anyone about a girl in Jacksonville."

Added to that, the Athens-Clarke County Police Department in Georgia and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office both say the case is not in their jurisdiction. Athens police said they were told by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that they found the truck and would tow it.

Jacksonville police said they were not investigating the missing-person case.

Athens police said they wrote the missing-person report as a courtesy and learned that he was last seen not in Georgia, but at home in Interlachen.

"A witness said they saw him at his residence in Putnam County," said Athens Sgt. Brad Collinsworth.

Putnam authorities said they are aware of the person who saw Parrish but have not been asked to question the person.

Collinsworth said they want Putnam investigators to interview that person.

"This is very frustrating," Collinsworth said.

The Times-Union is not identifying that witness because the connection to the case has not been investigated.

"You've got two states and three jurisdictions," Charles Parrish said Tuesday. "There is a lot of finger-pointing going on between the three."

The family grew up in Gainesville and Andy Parrish graduated from high school there, his brother said. …

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