The mother of David Hoke, a Cumberland County man who’s been missing since Friday, found some of his clothes on a small island near the Middletown boat landing along the Susquehanna River Tuesday morning.
Linda Hoke returned to the site, where police found his truck with the keys still inside Sunday, saying she needed to check it out herself. Police are calling the disappearance suspicious.
“Something isn’t right because there’s no way his clothes would be in a pile like that,” said Linda Hoke.
David Hoke, 34, was last seen at his Upper Allen Township home Friday afternoon. His fiancee, Samantha Seger, said they’d had a minor argument and that he left with his metal detector, which had become a new hobby of his.
“I want him back. We all want him back. It doesn’t look good,” said Seger.
She said she’d met with police Monday who told her they’d searched the island and saw no sign of him.
Yet on Tuesday, his mother saw his jeans, boxers, a sneaker and red hooded sweatshirt in a pile.
Police searched the area again Tuesday but did not find David. Police said there were no plans to send a dive team into the river to look for a body.
Seger said she was unsure why Hoke would come to Middletown. She said neither of them had friends in the borough.
Hoke was charged last fall with harassing and making terroristic threats to his neighbor. Seger called the situation a misunderstanding and said lately things were improving in both her and her fiance’s lives.
“We’re engaged. He just remodeled our entire place. We’re going to sell it, move up next to his mom. He was going to start taking over a business. Things looked good for the future. We were happy. Things looked good,” said Seger.
Even after police left the boat landing Tuesday, Linda Hoke and Seger continued to search the area for additional signs of David but found nothing else.
Middletown Police are handling the investigation. Anyone with information about David Hoke can call (717) 558-6900.