Search continues for missing Empire man

Posted 3/11/18

EMPIRE — More than 30 volunteers gathered Saturday morning at the Union Hall located next door to the Empire Fire Station to help search for 24-year-old Denton Hill of Empire, who has reportedly …

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Search continues for missing Empire man

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EMPIRE — More than 30 volunteers gathered Saturday morning at the Union Hall located next door to the Empire Fire Station to help search for 24-year-old Denton Hill of Empire, who has reportedly been missing since Friday, Feb. 23. 

Chase Welborn, chief of the Empire Volunteer Fire Department, said volunteers from Empire, Town Creek and Sipsey fire departments, the Walker County Emergency Management Agency and members of Hill's family joined in Saturday's search. 

"We searched the areas along York Mountain Road and Levels Road as well as some wooded areas behind Little Vine Cemetery and in the Dilworth community, where Denton was known to hang out," Welborn said. "We had to discontinue the search because of the weather, but we're going to do everything we can to help this family find their loved one and bring him home." 

Hill's family is begging for any information that will lead them to Hill's whereabouts. His mother, Bonnie Hill, said her son calls her every single day, and when she hadn't heard from him in several days, she began to worry. 

"He's still my son and I want to bring him home." 

Bonnie Hill said the last time she heard from her son was on the morning of Friday, Feb. 23, when she received a text message from him, asking her to call him back. 

"When I tried to call him back, he didn't answer his phone. I kept trying to get in touch with him," she said, "but he never he texted or called me back. And when I didn't hear from him all weekend, I told my husband 'something is wrong.'"

Hill said she began to worry even more after she spoke with the mother of Denton's daughter, and learned she hadn't heard from Denton all weekend either.

"Denton would have been in touch with one of us, whether it was just to check on his daughter or wanting money from me," she said. "So on Wednesday (Feb. 28), after we had searched everywhere we knew to look for him and still hadn't heard from him, we went to the police and filed a missing person's report."

Hill's family has continued to search for him every day.

"Denton hangs out in the Sumiton and Empire area and no where else," Bonnie Hill said. "Even the police know where to find him, if they happened to be looking for him. But no one has been able to find him."

The family believes foul play may have been involved in Hill's sudden disappearance. 

"Denton would have been in touch with some of us (his family) by now, if he was still alive," Bonnie Hill said. "We know something bad has happened to him, but I don't care about all that, because the police and God will handle that. I just want to know where my son's body is, so I can bring him home and lay him to rest next to his father."

Denton Hill was reportedly last seen wearing a gray hoodie sweatshirt and jeans. He is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. He also has tattoos covering most of his body, including a rose tattoo on his right hand bearing his mother's name. 

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of Denton Hill, they are being asked to call the Sumiton Police Department at 205-648-3261.