HART, Mich. — An Oceana County family is holding out hope while preparing to spend their first holiday season without their dad.
James Hepworth was last seen on Aug. 1 leaving his job at Hayworth in the middle of the day. His van was found four days after he went missing in a rural area in Wexford County, but his wallet and a nine millimeter hand gun were never found.
For 16 weeks, Amanda Hepworth, James’ wife, has been raising eight kids on her own. The hardest thing, she says, is she doesn’t know if her husband is dead or alive. She’s hoping for answers, but also hoping for letters of support and love for her kids as they continue each day without their father.
“There’s still a lot of crying,” said Amanda Hepworth. “Everybody misses the bike rides and the hugs. The kids are doing pretty well, but there’s still a really big …