Catoosa County resident Josh Wright is desperate to find his brother Noah Davis, who has been missing for more than two years.
“I need someone to help me find him physically,” Wright said. “It’s my No. 1 priority … My main goal is to find my brother.”
“He is the most charismatic person I’ve ever known. He enjoys making everyone around him be in a better mood.”
Source: Josh Wright talking about Noah Davis on a clip from “Unsolved Mysteries”
Wright has been frustrated with the lack of media attention his brother’s situation has gotten, but a popular podcast called “The Vanished” recently featured the story. After it aired, Nooga.com got several emails from readers who wanted more coverage.
Here’s what we found out about the situation, which Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said is a missing person investigation.
Noah’s last days
When Wright got out of jail for what he called a “bogus driver’s license charge” on Aug. 7, 2014, Davis, who had Wright’s truck, wasn’t around.
Initially, Wright didn’t think too much of it. He just figured, “I’ll find him,” he said.
Wright’s phone was in his truck, so he had to go home to a computer to start the search for his brother, he said.
After a day passed with no word from Davis, Wright filed a missing person report, as well as a report that his truck was missing, he said.
A deputy responded to the call, and authorities put out a “be on the lookout” alert for Wright’s truck. Within about 30 minutes, authorities in East Ridge found the truck, but no Davis.
The way the truck had been abandoned concerned Wright.
“It looked very suspicious from day one,” he said of the circumstances.
Sisk said that there was an active warrant for probation violation for Davis’ arrest when he went missing, which complicated matters for authorities.
Was Davis missing, or was he running from the law? That’s the question authorities were asking themselves.
That frustrated Wright, who has had a contentious relationship with law enforcement. He said he felt like authorities didn’t do enough immediately to find his brother.
He did some of his own investigating and said he thinks his brother’s online communication stopped July 28, 2014.
Wright said he thinks his brother is dead and that someone killed him. The brothers’ mother recently died, and the fact that Davis didn’t show up for her funeral cemented that feeling.
Sisk said that, in a case like this, authorities work to reconstruct the last hours or days of the missing person.
They look at whom the missing person was with and try to find out what they were doing. They interview people who may have seen the missing person.
“We have done that [in this investigation],” Sisk said. “We have interviewed family members and followed up on some leads.”
So far, the leads have been to dead ends.
Wright is frustrated with the lack of information, and authorities have been frustrated with him for working to track down his own details and talking to potential witnesses.
Wright wants Davis’ photo put out more to the public. He doesn’t think it’s been shown enough by law enforcement or the media. Initially, the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office put out a request for more information as a wanted person alert.
Sisk said that in the past six months authorities have searched three locations and nothing has panned out.
“It’s difficult for the family to not have answers,” Sisk said.
Honoring his brother and mother
Before she died, part of what motivated Wright to find Davis was knowing his mother had a limited amount of time. He didn’t want her to die not knowing what happened, he said.
There’s a weight on Wright now because he’s essentially the only person left to deal with the situation, he said.
He’ll be the person to deal with funeral arrangements if Davis is found, he said.
“Now with my mom’s death and her passing … it’s actually doubly important [to find him],” he said. “It matters that much more because now it honors my brother and it honors my mother.”
Anyone with information about this case can call the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office at 706-935-2424 or 706-935-2323.