Family puts Christmas on hold while investigators search for missing man

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LANCING, Tenn. (WVLT) -- After a month of searching for 38-year-old Kevin Hamby, his family said they will hold off on Christmas until he is found.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Department said they are exploring every possible lead in the disappearance of Kevin Hamby.

Sheriff Glen Freytag told Local 8 News that Hamby was reported missing on November 14th after telling his family he was taking a ride on his new Polaris RZR side-by-side then never came back to his home on T Rich Road.

Freytag also said there have been multiple search efforts across thousands of acres including the area of Gobey where Hamby was believed to be traveling.

According to Freytag, the search has included four different rescue teams, helicopters, drones and several K-9s.

Hamby's father and wife Connie said they are too heartbroken to celebrate the holidays.

"Well you can see we aren't celebrating Christmas," said Connie. "He was really looking forward to it, then this happened. I guess we aren't even going to put up a tree. We didn't celebrate Thanksgiving either," said Hamby's father Reuben.

Sheriff Freytag said Hamby's disappearance is an active investigation and that rugged terrain has made the search difficult.

The Hamby family said that Kevin is described as 5'11, 220 pounds with dark blonde hair and blue eyes. He was last seen on his Polaris RZR side-by-side and was wearing jeans, a black baseball hat, a gray hoodie and brown boots.

Hamby also has a tattoo "HAMBY" on his forearm and walks with a limp.

If you have any information you can leave an anonymous tip by calling the Morgan County Sheriff's Dept. at 423-346-6262.