Wife, daughter of missing Mesa man cling to hope as new search gears up

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MESA, Ariz. -- Volunteers will be back out in force again this weekend to look for an 85-year-old Mesa man who went for a walk on Christmas Eve and never returned home.

Javier Soto on Friday talked to Hugh Turner's daughter and his wife, who are still hopeful that Turner will be found alive and unharmed.

Janice McCaffrey, Turner's daughter, said there have been confirmed sightings of her father, which gives her family hope.

McCaffrey said with the help of Arizona Search Track and Rescue, the Mesa Police Department and countless volunteers, this weekend's search will go farther and be more detailed.

"The search parties that went out were just fantastic," said Turner's wife, Joyce. "I've never heard of a neighborhood that has responded so wonderfully.

"This has been just like a nightmare. I keep thinking I'll wake up and he'll be here. ... It's been two weeks."

Saturday's search will start at the Turner's home at 8 a.m.

Turner is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds with balding gray/white hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants, a tan baseball cap, a navy blue jacket and white tennis shoes.

Anyone who may have seen Turner is asked to contact Arizona Search Track and Rescue at 623-695-3926 or the Mesa Police Department at 480-644-2211.

If you would like to assist in the search efforts, call 480-641-0761, 623-695-3926 or 403-616-8336 or e-mail hughturnersearch@gmail.com.