TUNICA, MS (abc24.com) - It's been more than a year without answers, without knowing what happened to their father and husband.
George Nicholson disappeared on his way to Tunica's Horseshoe Casino more than a year ago. His truck was found abandoned weeks later, but no sign of George.
His family and the Tunica County Sheriff's Department put every effort into the search and they're still looking.
"It's somebody's husband. Somebody's dad," says Captain Cedric Davis. He considers Nicholson like family, saying every investigator on the case treats it that way.
The Tunica Sheriff's Office is looking for the missing elderly man like they would their own relatives.
"We've received within the last months or so some tips and some information," Davis tells abc24.com.
Bones were found in Louisiana. "We followed up on it to make sure it wasn't Mr. Nicholson's remains or bones," Davis says.
They weren't. Neither were bones found by hunters in Tunica.
"There's been some animal remains spotted," he tells abc24.com.
So far, no answers. Deputies spent weeks searching Tunica's woods last July when Nicholson went missing.
He was driving to the Horseshoe Casino. His truck was found miles away in woods near the Mississippi River.
"The water was up during the time the vehicle was found," Davis remembers. "There's wild hogs out in that area."
The truck showed no signs of foul play.
Family and friends believe he had several hundred dollars on him. "The main thing I'm hoping is he did this on his own. Nobody did anything to him," his son Nick Nicholson said at the time.
"It just kills me to think about him laying somewhere and I can't help him. That hurts," said wife Lula.
Deputies hope keeping the search alive will eventually bring closure to the family.
"It just takes time. In situations like this you want to speed it up for the family, but it just takes time," Davis says.
Nicholson's birthday is in the next two weeks. He would be turning 84 years old. It's his second birthday his family will spend without him.
If you know anything that could help investigators, call the Tunica Sheriff's Office.