Vigil for Missing Harrison County Man Unites Community as Search Continues

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — It’s been eight days since he was last seen and four days since a silver alert was issued, but there has been no progress in finding 67-year-old Larry Marra of Harrison County.

As his family fears for his safety and prays for his return, the Congregation at the Clarksburg United Methodist Temple gathered for a vigil Tuesday evening.

“Just wondering where my father is–if he’s okay,” said Larry Marra’s son Chris. “It means a lot to me that these people came out to support my family, and I really appreciate it.”

With virtually no clues to his whereabouts, Chris Marra described it as finding a “needle in a haystack.”

“They’re holding up,” Pastor Dustin McCune said. “They’re trying to be strong. Just continue to pray for them and for Larry as well.”

Larry Marra, 67, was last seen driving a gray 2008 Kia Sportage in Lumberport last week.

He is described as 5’9, 205 pounds, with gray hair and blue eyes, and was last wearing a white t-shirt with an American flag on it, blue jeans and white tennis shoes.

Marra suffers from seizures and short term memory loss, according to Troopers.

“I would just say look at the picture,” Chris Marra said. “Keep an eye out for him. If you know him, you know what you’re looking for. If you don’t, then use the picture. I wish I had an idea of where he could possibly be.”

Chris Marra said he searched every hotel between Clarksburg and Morgantown on the day that his father went missing, but that he truly can’t understand where he is. In addition to the police work, friends have made occasional trips on back roads and little traveled paths using four-wheelers to search for some sign of the missing man, but they’ve had no luck.

“We may not understand why, but God does and we just got to hold on that he has a plan for all of us,” McCune said.

“I hope you’re safe,” Chris Marra said. “I hope you come back soon.”