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Sister of Missing Illinois Man Speaks Out

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REED POINT, Mont. -

This Sunday will mark two weeks since Paul Batson, an Illinois man, went missing. He was making a detour through Montana when he disappeared near Reed Point. Work to find Batson continues this weekend.

Batson, 49, was making the detour through the Treasure State on his way home from visiting his sons in Colorado. Batson's sister, Jennifer List, said she is nervously following the ongoing search effort for her brother, from her home in Steamwood, Illinois. Batson had served as a postal worker for two decades in Illinois and according to NBC-Chicago, he had recently taken a transfer in Bozeman.

List explained, "He had everything to live for. He has three kids who adore him. He could have retired in another five years. I mean he has a good life."

The Stillwater County Sheriff's Office is not giving up on finding Batson alive. "A lot of people have asked 'why have you said that this is an odd case and is very suspicious' because we haven't come across anything. We've done the normal things that law enforcement does when there's a missing person. We've look at financials, the cell phone thing, we've done all of that and it's given us nothing," said Sgt. Randy Smith.

Batson's family acknowledged the efforts of the search team, as well, as those who have been praying for his safe return. "I have received hundred, hundreds of reply's of prayers. It's just, you don't know what that means to us and we just want everybody to know how grateful we are and hope we can find my brother and bring him home safe."

If you have any information regarding Paul Batson's whereabouts, you're asked to contact Sgt. Smith at 406-322-5326.

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