Police, friends seek public’s help in finding missing St. George man

Posted at 7:07 PM, Jul 20, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-20 21:07:43-04

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Friends and family are looking for answers regarding the whereabouts of a St. George man missing since July 11.

Police say 50-year-old Greg Palmer went out for the night with a friend, but disappeared. He was last seen at Bout Time Pub & Grub, where friends say he watched a televised fight. He dropped off his 3-year-old son off with relatives.

That friend watched his car turn toward home, but he didn’t make it.

“[He] told his friends he’d be back the next day, and he didn’t,” said St George Police Sgt. Sam Despain. “A little unusual that he wouldn’t do that, and no one has heard from him since then.”

At this point police don’t suspect foul play, but say there are few leads. Friends say it’s very uncharacteristic of Palmer to leave his son so abruptly.

“He worked very hard in the courts to get custody of his son John,” said friend Carrie Stone. “I don’t think he’s gone more than 24 hours without having contact with his son since that time. This is two years that he’s seen this little boy every single day.”

Stone found out about Palmer’s disappearance after he failed to show up to work on July 13. She said it’s terrifying to think that he may be lost or in trouble.

“You just don’t know maybe they’re lost somewhere,” Stone said. “Maybe he’s in his vehicle, cold at night.”

Stone started a Facebook page to share Palmer’s picture. Friends say his phone goes to voicemail, and a flyover of the Virgin River Gorge organized by Palmer’s boss didn’t show any sign of him.

Stone is hoping someone has seen or heard from him, mostly for John.

“At this time I know John is being well cared for, and is very happy, just misses his dad,” Stone said. “We’re going to do whatever we can to bring his dad home.”

Anyone who has seen Greg Palmer is asked to contact St. George police at 435-627-4301.

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