Rock Island Police asking for help finding missing man; Family plans vigil for Saturday

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The Rock Island Police is asking for the public’s help in locating Ryan Muckelston, 35, of East Moline.

Muckelston was reported missing on January 19. He was last seen leaving a residence in the 2600 block of 8 1/2 Avenue in Rock Island around 2 a.m. on January 18. He was reportedly intoxicated when he left.

A check of Muckelston’s cellular phone activity showed his last location in the general vicinity of the 3000 block of 5th Avenue, near the Abbey Station in Rock Island.

He was last seen wearing a sleeveless shirt, sweatpants, flip-flop shoes, and possibly had a hoodie sweatshirt with him.

Muckelston is a 35-year-old male Caucasian, approximately 6-feet tall, 160 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes.

His mother Jennifer  Muckelston-Nauman is searching for answers.

“I’m not going to let this just go under the radar. I am going to get my answers some way, somehow,” she said.

Muckelston-Nauman said it’s not like him to dissapear and it has been a hard time for his 3 children, especially his 3-year-old daughter. 

“She tells everybody, they need to find my daddy first so I can go see him,” she said. “[She] tells baby Jesus every night, ‘He’s gotta bring my daddy to me.'”

The Quad Cities Missing Person’s Network is assisting the family during this process. Founder Dennis Harker said it’s rewarding to help others through the tough time.

“It’s rewarding to be able to help families in their time of need when they don’t know where to go, they don’t know where to turn to. And they need a voice in the darkness,” he said.

Harker, whose son David Harker went missing in 2013, was ultimately found dead. His disappearance inspired them to create the network. Harker said it’s vital to support families. 

“We pray that the family gets a positive resolution to whatever is going on. In some cases, even any resolution is important,” he said.

Muckelston-Nauman said her greatest wish is to get closure.

“I don’t want justice. I don’t want a trial. I just want [him]. So anybody out there that knows anything, even if you’ve done it, just put Ryan where we can find him and you can walk away,” she said.  

She is still holding out hope.

“They will find him. I have it in my heart that they will find him,” she said.  

Her greatest wish is to get closure.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Muckelston is asked to call the Rock Island Police Department at 309-732-2677.

The vigil will be streamed on Facebook on Saturday at 6pm. To attend, visit the event page here.

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