BUENA VISTA, Va. (WFXR) — The family of Chad Hunter Austin — the Buena Vista man who went missing in May 2019 before his remains were discovered in the Panther Falls area of Amherst County in March 2020 — issued a plea to the public on Tuesday for information that will help uncover the circumstances surrounding Austin’s death.

Austin’s family shared the following statement with WFXR News on Tuesday, May 25:

“Justice for Chad Hunter Austin, Buena Vista, VA

We need Justice for Chad, our son! With Memorial Day 2021 quickly approaching it is so hard to believe that you have been gone for 2 years Chad. Our hope was that you would be found and come home to us. Then a year later, it turned into grief, horror, and despair, when we found out that your DNA matched the remains that were found. Now our focus and determination are concentrated on finding Justice for you Chad. Although we are filled with grief, we WON’T stop until the person(s) responsible are brought to justice. We wonder how you, that are responsible, are even able to lay your head down at night?

Chad, our hearts ache to see you again, or hear your voice. Although the investigators have made great progress since their last update on air in October 2020, we need to keep your name out there. We are thankful that the investigator stated that day “WE ARE GETTING CLOSER, YOU HAVE NOT GOTTEN AWAY WITH ANYTHING, WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS EVERY DAY”. They have been tirelessly working through all the tips, calls, and information that came in afterwards. We feel, as Chad’s parents and family, that it is part of our responsibility to keep his name out there especially during this time of year.  We are asking that anyone who visited the area in the days before and after May 27th, 2019 to please check your social media memories, review your pictures and videos from that time on your phone, look at his pictures, revisit the area.  Maybe you heard someone discussing our son’s name, before he went missing or afterwards, but didn’t think important. Maybe you saw Chad or his dog Gunner or inadvertently caught them in a picture or video and don’t realize it.  Any and all information IS important, no matter how big or small. We can’t rest as Chad’s parents and family until someone is brought to justice. We miss you Chad and will NOT stand by and do nothing. We will continue to post on Facebook and post posters to keep your name alive in people’s minds. We appreciate the continued support and prayers from all over the world, and many who have commented on his Justice for Chad Austin Facebook page.

The Austin family

If you have any information about Austin’s disappearance, you are asked to call the Virginia State Police tip line (540) 375-9589 or email questions@vsp.virginia.gov.