Note: This story appears in the Wednesday, Oct. 9 newspaper on Page A7.

OAK HILL — The reward for information that leads authorities directly to the location Benjamin Michael Saylor, 30, of Oak Hill, has been increased to $25,000.

“Due to multiple generous donations within the community, the reward has been raised,” stated Jackson County Sheriff Tedd Frazier. “A $25,000 reward is being offered for the location of Michael Saylor.”

Frazier added, “To receive this reward, law enforcement must be taken to the physical location of Saylor. He (Michael) has to be found to get the reward.”

Saylor has now been missing for over two months. He last communicated with his family on Friday, July 26, through a text message.

Three days later, on his 30th birthday, Saylor was reported missing or endangered. Saylor’s family has not heard from him since then.

“This family deserves answers,” Frazier said.

Saylor reportedly lives on State Route 279 near Oak Hill.

He is described as a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 180 pounds. He was last known to have a beard.

Saylor also has a tattoo of a logging truck on his right arm and has a tattoo of a fishhook on the top of his hand.

Authorities have reportedly spent the last 70 days following numerous tips; however, information has not led to the location of Saylor.

Anyone with information should contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and speak with Major Scott Conley or Investigator Rick Zinn at 740-286-6464.

In late August, a special candlelight vigil service was held with a large crowd of family, friends and the community gathering in Oak Hill’s Aetna Park. The group prayed for the safe return of Saylor.

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