Thanks to FOX 7 viewers, investigators received several new tips about the disappearance of an Austin man who was last seen alive in May of last year.
Suspicious circumstances surround the case But police say they are closer to finding out what happened to Adrian Washington and investigators are sharing even more new details.
At first, Ebony Knox didn't think she could handle this interview.
"It's a struggle," Knox said.
She misses her husband of nine years, Adrian Washington, who was last seen May 26, 2012. But it's especially hard for their two daughters. All they've been told is that no one knows where daddy is. The 6-year-old doesn't quite understand and recently tried to text him.
"Just the other day, she got a hold of my mom's home and she saw her daddy's name so she sent a text message saying where are you? In some kind of way, she got text messages confused and saw one that said, I'm in training. And so she came, she was so excited, she told my mother, Nonny, I know where daddy is, I know where daddy is, he's in training so she thinks every day, is daddy in training? Is daddy at work? She's confused." Knox said.
Our previous report triggered several tips about Washington's whereabouts. But police still need help identifying men in a photograph.
Police say one of the men is Aldo Washington, the victim's cousin. He's also one of the last people to talk to Washington. Investigators say he is now a person of interest.
"He maintained contact with Adrian for weeks ahead of time and as soon as Adrian goes missing, never calls him again, never sends him another text message, won't return phone calls concerning Adrian so it's pretty interesting," said Detective Tim Hoppock.
But police aren't sure about the other two. They say one of the men could be Kenneth Hamilton, a friend of Aldo Ray Washington's.
Police say the day Adrian disappeared Hamilton was driving to Austin from South Dakota. His truck was pulling a trailer. Surveillance captured a few images of Hamilton's truck. Police say the trailer is significant because Adrian's car, a 2001 dark blue Ford Expedition, is also missing. It disappeared the same day Adrian did.
Detectives retraced Adrian's steps the day he disappeared. The first place he went was Planet Fitness off Anderson Lane just after 9 a.m. Staffers remember seeing him.
Next was a trip to Fine Dry Cleaner's off Grand Avenue Parkway where police say Adrian apparently received $300 worth of dry cleaning for free.
The reason? Police were told it was because he was a very good customer.
Next, cell phone records tracked Adrian to two possible locations. One, in this field off Dove Hill and Schuelke in Niederwald, Caldwell County, just south of Austin. Different cadaver dogs searched the area at different times and made hits. Even a helicopter was used. But searches turned up nothing.
"Any human remains that could have been there forever, the dogs can hit on. Even a bone or someone hurt themselves and bled out there, the dogs would be able to pick that scent up," Hoppock said.
A second and different analysis of cell phone records showed another area nearby. It's off Bock Lane and close to 9610, property where this picture was taken. After this, there is no more cell activity. But police tracked Adrian's second cell phone to San Antonio. It was sold after someone found it on a sidewalk.
"We have not even began the healing process because we have no closure," Knox said.
Knox says she knows Washington isn't coming home. She just hopes someone out there will call with information that will finally give their family the answers they so desperately need.
"The unknown is just tearing at us every day," Knox said.
If you think you have information on Adrian Washington's whereabouts, please contact the APD Missing Persons Cold Case Unit tip line at 512-974-5250. You can remain anonymous and can earn a cash reward.