Police hope evidence leads them to missing man

The search for a Big Rapids man missing since last week continues in Missouri.

Police say Fred Byrne's Chevy Malibu was found Thursday outside Mark Twain National Forest near Van Buren, Mo. That's roughly a 560-mile drive from where he was last seen. Police say Byrne's wallet and keys were in the car.

The car was brought back to the Michigan State Police crime lab in Grand Rapids where it was processed Sunday night.

Evidence obtained will be examined in the hope that results may aid investigators in the disappearance of Byrne

Sheriff's deputies in Carter County have searched the area where the car was found several times including Sunday night. That search was called off due to darkness.

Byrne was last reported seen Tuesday, when he dropped his son at Hope College in Holland, Mich., and visited his mother.

Officials have said Byrne mentioned plans to stop at a mall to buy a Valentine's Day gift for his wife before returning home.