More than a year has passed since Leverne Berry, 80, went missing from his Waxahachie home. Family members feel Berry’s absence every day and are searching for information to bring him home.
Berry was first reported missing from his home in the 400 block of Wyatt Street by his wife, Carolyn, at about 5 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2017. According to Carolyn, Berry left his home on foot.
Waxahachie Police have conducted several searches and followed leads, but have been unable to locate him.
Berry’s son, Michael Berry, stated the last year has been trying for his family, especially not having his father present for so many of the special moments.
“It has been a daily struggle and through the holidays, through birthdays. His birthday came up in January, and then Father’s Day and all of those days stand out even more,” Michael said. “Even with new great grandchildren being added to the family.”
Michael stated his family has been in a holding pattern for the past year, often trying to piece together the different possibilities and scenarios that might have taken place.
“In July, we brought our family tighter, not as a reunion, but just as a get together where he was the topic of the discussion,” Michael explained. “My family has grown, and the key person that made this all possible is still missing.”
Michael shared, at times, it has been difficult to get new information about the status of the case from Waxahachie Police and feels they have been forgotten.
Wade Goolsby, Waxahachie Police Chief, stated the case remains active, but the department needs the public’s help.
“At this point, we don’t have any new leads on his whereabouts and are hoping that someone will pass that along to us,” Goolsby said. “Currently, the case has been given to a different detective to look over with a fresh set of eyes for any new ideas we haven’t looked at.”
Michael stated he wants to encourage members of the public to come forward with any information that they might have — no matter how small.
“I want them to know more than anything he is still missing and his family is still looking,” Michael said. “So many people think that there is closure and we still don’t have closure. A year later we still have a father that walked out the door and haven’t seen him."
Berry is described as having a slim build, stands 5-foot-8, weighs between 180 – 200 pounds, and is diagnosed with Dementia. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, and a long sleeve maroon and beige colored shirt.
People with information can contact the Waxahachie Police Department at 469-309-4410. The department is located in the 600 block of Farley Street. If people have information but would like to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers of Ellis County at 972-937-7297.