Updated: February 20, 2020 11:42 PM
Created: February 20, 2020 11:38 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The parents of a missing Lima man say they're not losing hope in the search for their son.
Joel Stephany, 27, was last seen nearly six months ago, and now, his family is raising the reward for information that helps locate him.
When News10NBC spoke to his parents, Wendy Brennan, and Trey Stephany on Thursday night, the two were going through some old pictures of Joel. While the two may have been sitting down at a kitchen table, they say, they've searched far and wide trying to find Joel.
Last year, they held a vigil near where they last saw him, outside his home in Honeoye Falls. Deputies reported his last whereabouts on North Clinton Avenue in Rochester, but, Brennan and Stephany contest that report was based off an unreliable statement from a friend who claimed he dropped Stephany off there.
Though, they did still hang up flyers with his face and name in both areas. Six months later, they say they have received lots of calls, but none led to any credible clues.
“It’s been an emotional roller coaster,” Brennan said. "It can be frustrating waiting and seeing that nothing is turning up."
Now, they’ve taken the current reward to find Joel, from $5,000, $10,000. The hope is, someone will be motivated to come forward and share any information they have with the police, or the family.
"You want answers, at the very least you want closure,” Stephany said. “And somebody at the very very very least knows something."
News10NBC’s Andrew Hyman: “If Joel could be out there watching, what you would say to him?"
Trey Stephany: "Pick up the phone, call."
Wendy Brennan: "We're here waiting, if you need help, we're here to help, we just want you home."
Stephany is described as six feet tall, 190 pounds, with dark hair and blue eyes.
The Monroe County Sheriff's office says they have searched several parks and walking trails in Honeoye Falls, and continue to follow any leads as they get them. You are asked to either call 911, or the CrimeStoppers anonymous tip line at 585-423-9300 with any information.
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