Family travels from Louisiana to Savannah in search of missing son

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – After driving over 700 hundred miles from Houma, La., one family is on a journey to find their loved one.

Have you seen this man? This is the question the family of 34-year-old Leroy Peter Hargrave Jr. continues to ask on the streets of Savannah.

Hargrave has been missing since the family last spoke with him May 11th, at approximately 8:30 p.m. CT.

His mother Melody Billiot says, “He wanted to talk to his kids and he did talk to them and he told them he loved them and he would talk to them tomorrow.”

He never called the next day. She began to worry after his phone began going straight to voicemail.

Hargrave, a father of two, came to Savannah by bus in mid-April for treatment for his addiction. After he completed treatment he was turned to a homeless shelter that would provide him housing as long as he had a job.

He began working on home doing handy work which soon became his place of residence. According to Billiot, he sent pictures of the home, work he completed and selfies in Savannah. This is why she believes he is here.

She and her family hit the streets searching for anything that can help them find Leroy. They passed out photos, gave out their number and asked if he looks familiar.

Billiot filed a missing person report with Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office on May 20th.

The family received over $1,000 in donations to travel from Louisiana to Savannah to help with their search. “We want to find him, we want to bring him home dead or alive and we will bring him home,” Billiot said.

The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office (TPSO) seeks the public’s assistance in locating a missing person, Leroy Peter Hargrave, Jr., 34, who may be located in Savannah.

Hargrave is described as a white male who is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs approximately 130 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes. If anyone has any information please call 9-1-1.


Terrebonne Parish deputies responded to a home in Houma, Louisiana in response to a missing person complaint on May 30 at 11:48 a.m.

Deputies made contact with the mother of Hargrave who last spoke with him by phone on May 11 around 8:30 p.m.

She said that Hargrave left approximately one month prior in order to go to a rehabilitation treatment center in either Georgia or South Carolina.

The mother believes that Hargrave is in the Savannah Georgia area due to information that she received from his cell phone.

TPSO detectives have been in contact with the Authorities in Georgia and South Carolina and there have not been new information leading to the location of Hargrave.

Hargrave has been entered into the National Crime Information Center as a missing person.

Anyone with information concerning this investigation is asked to call 911 or contact the Terrebonne Parish sheriff detectives at (985) 876-2500.

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