published Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Marion County man missing 4 months before report

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    Roger Tant, 54, was last seen before March 10, 2012. His home is at 423 Hewgleys Road, South Pittsburg, Tenn.

No one has heard from South Pittsburg, Tenn., resident Roger Tant since March 10, and nobody knew he was gone until his sister called authorities late last month to say she couldn't find him.

Even his wife, Patricia Tant, who lives in the same home, did not tell authorities her 54-year-old husband was missing until after they followed up on his sister's report.

Patricia Tant told authorities she hadn't heard from her husband since she talked to him on the phone on March 10, Marion County Sheriff's Detective Matt Blansett said Tuesday. She told officers she had been out of town and when she returned home March 10, Roger Tant was gone.

The couple have been married for about 20 years, and Patricia Tant has not explained why she didn't report her husband's disappearance, Blansett said. She told officers her husband didn't say anything about leaving the last time they spoke by phone, he said.

Roger Tant's sister, Connie Case, said Tuesday she hasn't been able to reach her brother since May, when she called him for his birthday. They don't talk often, she said, and she hadn't spoken to him for some time prior to that.

Case said she decided to report his disappearance to authorities on June 28.

Both the Tants' vehicles were still at the couple's home, and Blansett said investigators so far have not found any activity on bank accounts or credit cards.

Blansett described Roger Tant as a "quiet, country guy who mostly kept to himself."

Sheriff Ronnie "Bo" Burnett said Roger Tant's friends told authorities that it's unlike him to go anywhere without letting someone know.

Marion authorities placed Roger Tant into the FBI's missing persons database. He is described as white, 5 feet 9, weighing about 195 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 423-942-2525 or the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation at 1-800-824-3463.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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