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      Family members of missing Big Rapids man stepping up search effort

      Family members of a Big Rapids man whose car was found in a remote area of Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri are stepping up efforts to find him.

      Family members of a Big Rapids man whose car was found in a remote area of Mark Twain National Forest in southern Missouri are stepping up efforts to find him.

      The Holland Sentinel is reporting Fred Byrne's brother-in-law compiled a list of more than 70 counties between Holland, Mich., and Carter County, Mo., where his car was found. Family members plan to call law enforcement agencies.

      The 49-year-old Mecosta County man has been missing since Feb. 12, when he dropped his son at Hope College in Holland and visited his mother. His mother said he mentioned he was on his way to pick up a Valentine's Day gift for his wife when he left her.

      Byrne's Chevy Malibu was found along a forest service road near Van Buren, Mo., about 16 miles southwest of St. Louis and roughly 560 miles from where he was last seen. The area was searched several times and while evidence was found, Byrne has not been located.

      The car might have passed through Indiana and Illinois.