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Family still searching for clues in disappearance of missing Upstate man

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David Oakley (Courtesy of family) David Oakley (Courtesy of family)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate family is pleading for information in the disappearance of a man who went missing this month.

According to a cousin, David Oakley, 37, has been missing since June 1.

"He was last seen leaving his girlfriend's house and no one has heard from him since," said Ashley Cobb, Oakley's cousin.

Family said Oakley's car was found around mile marker 30 along I-85 with a battery dead from blinkers left flashing for quite some time. He was reported missing later that day.

Family last saw and heard from Oakley on May 31. When his car turned up on the interstate on June 1, Oakley was nowhere to be found near the vehicle.

A police report from Anderson Police Department states Oakley's phone was changed to Spanish and goes straight to voicemail. 

"It's the basic automated greeting that just somehow got swapped over to Spanish," said Lt. David Creamer with the Anderson Police Department.

Relatives said the voicemail was changed the night before Oakley went missing and do not believe this is related to his disappearance.  

"The SIM card was taken out the night before he left, which caused his voicemail to switch to Spanish," said Cobb.

A missing persons report has been filed with Anderson police.

"There are a few leads that have come in and our investigators are working those as they come in," Creamer said.

Family said they know very few details about his disappearance and are working with investigators to get warrants in order to access Oakley's phone records.

"We're at a standstill," said Cobb.

Benny Whitten, a neighbor of Oakley's, said he was shocked by his disappearance.

"He's a hard-working guy, a fun-loving guy, courteous, good to his mom," Whitten said.

Family said they have passed out flyers throughout the Upstate and hope to organize a search party in the near future.

Anyone who sees or hears from Oakley is asked to contact Investigator Garland Major with the at the Anderson Police Department at 864-844-3061.

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