Cobb County

Family prays for safe return of missing Iraq War vet

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — Friends and loved ones of a missing Iraq War vet gathered Saturday night to pray for his safe return, some three years after he disappeared.

Chase Massner is a husband, a father and a veteran.

His mother Stephanie has worried about him every day for three years.

“That's her only son and you know, it’s really affected her,” stepsister Karen Cunningham told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson.

She was one of about 30 people turned out at Noonday Park Saturday night to pray for Massner's safe return.

His wife Amanda told Johnson doctors had treated Massner for post-traumatic stress disorder in 2014.

His family said he was last seen at a friend's house in Kennesaw three years ago this coming Monday.


"We don’t know what happened. It's like he vanished from that home, not to be seen or heard from again,” Mary Allredge said.

Allredge is a military mom who makes the drive from Alabama to Cobb County every year to help search for Massner.

Channel 2 Action News first told you about volunteers searching through parts of Kennesaw for any sign of him in 2015.

People involved in the case say they will not give up.

“That's a soldier left behind,” Allredge told Johnson.

Meanwhile, friends and family lit candles and released balloons Saturday at the park where they gather every year.

“It's definitely a good feeling to know that there's still people out there in hopes of finding him,” Cunningham said.

Next to the park bench dedicated to Massner, friends, family and volunteers hang on to hope they can see his smile again, in person.

“My goal is closure. Hopefully positive closure for the family, to bring Chase home,” Allredge said.