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"They are young," said Gary George. "If somebody could come forward and let us know where he's at, where he might be at, then they will have time to heal."

George has had more time than he'd like to wonder what happened to his son, Michael. 15 months that changed him.

In December of 2011, Michael George went missing.  He was last seen at Shooter's Bar in West Columbia. His car was found the next day.

"Before my son went missing I was literally just a dumb old country boy sitting in an apartment because I got into an accident and couldn't work anymore," said George. "I've had to make myself strong."

He's learned about the Internet, how to host awareness events and keep his cool in court. He's taking classes at a tech school for that but he still has trouble dealing with the fact that his son is still out there.

3 arrests have been made in Michael George's murder: William Embree, Jamey Mallette and Rachel Fremion. Fremion is out of jail on bond.

But still, no body.

"For the two in jail, Embree and Mallette, I don't have hard feelings," said George. "I'll sit down and have a cup of coffee with them or bring them a bag meal or something. I just want to know where my son is."

George knows he'll never be able to see his son come home. He's old enough to accept it. But his grand kids, Michael's 2 young kids, still want an answer George can't give.

"You can't look into a child's face and have no answers because they just keep staring at you until you give 'em one," he said. "But I can't. I don't have one."

Investigators continue to follow leads in the search for Michael George's body.  If you know anything that can help, call Crimestoppers at 1-888-Crime-SC.

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