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Local grad searching for missing family in Gatlinburg

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Families and rescue crews are still desperately searching for their missing loved ones in Gatlinburg because of the wildfires. 

A Tri-State grad who currently lives in Tennessee is frantically looking for his wife and two daughters.

Michael Reed said he and his 15-year-old son left their Gatlinburg area home Monday night to see if the fire was close to their house. 

While stuck in traffic in the family's only car, Reed's phone rang. He said it was his wife, Constance. She and their two girls, 9-year-old Lily and 12-year-old Chloe, were still at home. 

"She called me about 8:15 and said that there were flames across the street from our house, and she didn't know what to do, so I told her to call 911, and that was the last time I talked to her," Reed told WATE-TV in Knoxville. 

Now, their house is gone, and the three are still missing. 

"Nobody should have to go through this kind of hell," Julie Banks said. 

Banks said she has known Reed for years. They both graduated from Northwest High School in Colerain Township in 1995.

Banks and Reed still keep in touch. She said he visited the Cincinnati area this past summer. 

Banks said she spoke with Reed Thursday, and there is some good news coming in from the fire crews and forensics teams. 

"They do have evidence that they believe they got out of the house," Banks said. 

Banks and a group of former classmates are sending Reed support from Cincinnati. 

They are raising money through a donation fund and are working on getting him packages of supplies.

"When one of our own is in trouble, that's what you do," Banks said.

They are also sending him hope - hope that he will be reunited with his family in the days to come. 

"We are holding fast that they are alive, and they are going to come home," Banks said. 

"Just hoping for a miracle," Reed told WATE-TV.

Those interested in donating can make donations at any Fifth Third bank location. Banks said to tell the staff that the money is for the Reed Family Benefit Fund.

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