Aaron Zachary “Zack” Wade, the son of former Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Gary Wade, has been found safe at a West Virginia ski town, a six-hour drive from his hometown of Sevierville, reports the News Sentinel.
A combined search effort by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and Sevierville Police Department led to Wade’s discovery in Snowshoe, W.Va., around 10 p.m., according to his father.
“Without their help, there was no way we could have determined what his fate was,” Gary Wade said Thursday, adding that his son will arrive back in Sevier County about 2 p.m.
Wade, 41, was reported missing Wednesday afternoon after family was unable to contact him. He was last seen about 7:50 a.m. Tuesday on state Highway 66, also known as Windfield Dunn Parkway, in Sevierville.
“He was on his way to make a bank deposit and he took nothing with him,” Gary Wade said. “We were so afraid that he had been intercepted, abducted. Thank God he is safe.”
The family owns the Clarion Inn in Sevierville.
…Gary Wade, now dean of the Lincoln Memorial University law school in Knoxville, said Thursday that his son has had several personal issues over the past few years, and now that he is found the family will focus on getting the father of two the help that he needs.
“We’re having a prayer meeting together as a family with Zack this afternoon; we will try to resolve whatever insecurities that he may have,” Gary Wade said, adding that the family feels very grateful to the law enforcement and members of the community.