JEFFERSON COUNTY, Mo. — Delbert Kinsey, 56, left his Jefferson County dwelling round 4:20 a.m. on Feb. 19, simply as he usually does.
“We kissed, and we hugged and mentioned goodbye, mentioned I like you,” Marylou Kinsey recalled.
It’s the identical ritual they’ve carried out for almost 30 years. However, this time, he didn’t make it to work.
“I went again to mattress laid down, and his boss known as me round 6:15,” Marylou mentioned.
His boss and Marylou retraced routes Delbert may have taken to work. Kinsey is a heavy gear operator and has been a member of the Working Engineers Native 513 union for 25 years. His union mentioned that is very out of character for him.
Marylou discovered Delbert’s truck on Freeway B close to The Massive River. She acquired out of the automotive and began in search of him however couldn’t discover him.
“I went to see possibly he acquired drained and laid down within the truck or one thing however there was nothing, no keys, no Delbert, no pockets,” Marylou mentioned.
She known as 911 instantly. She mentioned it is a spot they’ve typically parked to take a look at the river, and they’re each large nature lovers. She mentioned it’s attainable Delbert stopped right here to smoke on his method to work, however this isn’t like him to vanish.
“They known as in our bloodhound Zeus and his handler to do a observe. They used an article out of the car to provide the canine the scent after which Zeus, the bloodhound, began instantly monitoring Mr. Kinsey’s scent to the bridge. And that’s sadly the place his scent ended proper there,” mentioned Grant Bissell, public security info coordinator for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Division (JCSD).
Since then, Missouri State Freeway Patrol’s water patrol division has come to go looking the river together with two neighboring fireplace departments. Deputies and detectives from JCSD have additionally searched on the bottom.
“We had a lot of people truly out strolling the banks of the river in that space, we additionally introduced in one in all our particular operations corporals, who’s our drone pilot, he flew the drone for six hours that day,” Bissell mentioned.
“The river sort of snakes and crosses roads a lot of instances. There are a selection of river accesses, so a detective has additionally gone to all these close by river accesses to go looking.”
Crews have gone out with boats 4 instances because the preliminary day of the search. On Thursday, JCSD’s drone pilot was flying over the world once more. Marylou mentioned a buddy has additionally been looking out with a drone.
The division doesn’t anticipate there was any foul play concerned.
“We’ve carried out quite a few interviews with individuals who know Mr. and Mrs. Kinsey, together with the employer’ there. We’ve additionally gone to a lot of companies alongside that route that Mr. Kinsey traveled to get to work to assemble surveillance video, and in addition only recently did an interview with anyone who believes he might have seen Mr. Kinsey within the space of the bridge on that morning,” Bissell mentioned. “There was an entire lot of effort put into this.”
“Freeway B in that space could be very well-traveled, so we might ask anybody who drove by way of that space on Freeway B, in that Freeway C intersection space within the early morning hours of the nineteenth,” he continued. “For those who did occur to see him strolling alongside the highway, doing something, we might love to listen to from you as a result of our detective bureau is monitoring down each lead.”
Marylou mentioned she’s heard from some witnesses that drove by that there might have been one other automotive parked and one other man with Delbert. She desires to know if that’s true and who it was.
“A variety of eventualities we’ve run on our head,” Marylou mentioned. “Attempting to have slightly bit of religion as a result of if I don’t, there’s no room for a miracle.”
She mentioned he simply began the method to retire early, they usually had deliberate to maneuver on a waterfront property so Delbert may fish and hunt each time they wished.
“I’ve requested God, that if He’s already taken his spirit, to a minimum of give us the remainder so I do know he’s with you,” she mentioned. “Our final date night time was simply the week earlier than at church.”
She mentioned they by no means argued, and the one factor they’d argue about was the place to exit for dinner.
“I like him and he is aware of I like him,” she added.
She mentioned the day he went lacking, the river was excessive and the close by land was stuffed with water. Marylou mentioned he was carrying his fluorescent inexperienced/yellow work shirt, together with his firm identify and his first identify on it, together with work pants, steel-toed boots, a baseball cap, and a light-weight camo jacket.
“I simply need everyone that’s on this river, or down the river, or flooded property, to be conserving an eye fixed out for him,” she mentioned.
On Saturday morning, three teams of kayakers from St. Louis County are coming to the Massive River to assist with the search.
Anybody with info is urged to contact Jefferson County Sheriff’s Workplace Detective Hollie Lunsford at 636-797-5515.