ANOKA, Minn. (WCCO) — An Anoka family is searching for a missing father of two.
Kevin Casserly, 22, was last seen near the North Star station in Anoka on Nov. 12.
Casserly has not contacted his family or shown up to work at Lakeland Tool.
Kevin’s sister, Alex Casserly, says her brother’s disappearance has been very difficult to explain to his children.
“[His kids] wanted to have a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and for them it was hard to understand why their dad wasn’t there,” Casserly said.
Kevin’s family spent much of Saturday searching for him, alongside more than 100 volunteers. They searched the area where he was last seen, where his car was also found with an empty tank of gas.
Mackenzie Gifford, a family friend, says she has lost sleep over Kevin’s disappearance.
“I just would love to find him and bring him home,” Gifford said.
Kevin’s cell phone, cash and shoes were all found in his apartment. He had struggled with an addiction to methamphetamine in the past, but his family says he was dedicated to his recovery.
“His kids are number one and that is all that really matters to him,” Casserly said.
The community has responded with offers of support, and the distribution and posting of hundreds of posters around town.
“It’s amazing because we can get the word out there even faster,” Gifford said.
Casserly says they are staying positive that they’ll find Kevin. Until then, they won’t stop searching, hoping he is home for the holidays.
“Anything that would bring my baby brother home, anything to make sure that my niece and nephew have their dad home,” Casserly said.
If you have any information, you’re asked to call 763-427-1212 or contact Alexandra via email.