Missing in America

After Going Ginseng Hunting, TN Teen Lucas Brown Vanishes

Lucas Brown, 17, was last seen Thursday after he told a friend he was going to go ginseng hunting.

Search and rescue crews are out again Monday in an effort to find missing Tennessee teen Lucas Brown, who was last seen Thursday when he reportedly left to go ginseng hunting in Overton County.

According to police, Brown, 17, was reported missing Saturday around noon by a family member. The teen has lived with his grandmother from a young age and is about to begin his senior year at Livingston Academy.

Shortly after the report came in, Brown’s vehicle was located near the area he told a friend he would be hunting for the medicinal herb root.

"He knows the woods very well, but we're all extremely worried,” Savanna Brown, Lucas's sister-in-law, told Dateline NBC. "We're all hanging tight waiting for news. We searched yesterday with the crews and talked to everyone we can think of."

Search and rescue crews are trailing a path they think Brown may have taken. The terrain is very thick, officials say, but they are combing as much of it as possible.

“Tracking dogs went out this morning, but there’s been nothing so far,” Chief Deputy Tim Poore with the Overton County Sheriff’s Office told Dateline NBC Monday morning. “It’s a very dense wooded area where the teams are searching.”

Members of the Livingston community came together over the weekend and held a vigil for Lucas, praying for a safe return of the teen so many are describing online as a great guy.

"He's just overall a really good kid," said Savanna. "He really needs to be found safe."

Lucas Brown is described as 6’1” tall, weighing 170 lbs. with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts, a t-shirt, converse tennis shoes, and blue and white socks.

If you have any information that can help bring Lucas home, please contact the Overton County Sheriff’s Office at (931) 823-5635.