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A mid-state family makes a tragic discovery. They found the body of a man who has been missing for nearly a week.
Authorities suspect Terry Roberts took his own life.
Family members believe law enforcement should have been doing more to find him.
A search through rural Hickman County didn't take long Tuesday morning.
Family and friends comfort one another after finding the body of 45 year old Terry Roberts.
Roberts was last seen the day after Christmas, and his family organized its own searches for days.
They used cell phone tracking data to find the body on their own.
"We've just been doing this on our own with no help from the Hickman County Sheriff's Department," says family friend Melodie Jackson.
As sheriff's deputies investigate the scene, there was clear frustration from the people gathered.
"We should have had the officials leading us, directing us. We have been the ones saying let's get together, where was the last signal, what happened, what's going on, and let's just go back to square one," says family friend Edward Morales.
This is a story we hear many times from families with adults that go missing. They often feel that not enough is being done.
Hickman County Sheriff Randal Ward defends his deputies saying they were conducting interviews, on patrol looking for Roberts, and even attempted to get a helicopter to fly over the county.
Still, he admits missing adults are often viewed differently than missing children.
It's little comfort to Terry Roberts' daughter, Andrea.
"You know I called numerous times a day, no response, sometimes no call back," says Andrea Roberts.
Now this family wants a change in the way law enforcement groups treat the missing.
"There needs to be more concern, you know, it's like people don't care anymore they're like whoever, whatever," says Jackson.
"Every situation, no matter what's going on, you got to treat every situation as an important situation," says Morales.
Family members tell us Terry Roberts was depressed. The sheriff says he recently lost his job, and was having problems with his girlfriend.
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