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Marion County resident Wesley Ridge, 39, was last seen the afternoon of March 8. Ridge was living in a home near Hale's Bar Marina on U.S. Highway 41 at the time he went missing.
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The family of a missing Powells Crossroads, Tenn., man is now offering $15,000 for information on his whereabouts.

Wesley Ridge, 39, was last seen on March 8. He had been living at a home near Hales Bar Marina on U.S. Highway 41 just outside of Guild, Tenn., when he was reported missing by his family on March 10, Marion County Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said.

Ridge's parents increased the reward from $3,500 to $15,000 in hopes of generating some new leads, Burnett said.

He said investigators need the public's help finding Ridge.

A check of phone records shows Ridge's phone was used the day he went missing but not since, Burnett said.

"It's like he just vanished," the sheriff said.

The sheriff said he knew Ridge and his family and didn't believe he would have gone very far from home.

Burnett said Ridge's family is very upset.

"He's got a good mama and daddy," the sheriff said of the family a couple of weeks ago. "We're just trying to get up any information that'll help us find him."

Ridge is described as about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 230 pounds with short hair and facial hair.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Wesley Ridge is asked to call Detective Henderson at the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 423-942-2525.

Contact staff writer Ben Benton at bbenton@timesfreepress.com or twitter.com/BenBenton or www.facebook.com/ben.benton1 or 423-757-6569.

This story was updated April 19 at 11:10 p.m. with more information.

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