Relative of Missing Family Charged

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Drug and firearms charges were filed Sunday against a man who was questioned in the disappearance of a Mississippi family that has been missing for two weeks, an official said.

No charges have been filed related to the investigation into the disappearance of Michael Hargon, Michael's wife Rebecca and the couple's four-year-old son James Patrick, said Warren Strain, a spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

The man charged Sunday is Earnest Lee Hargon, a cousin of Michael Hargon's being held at an undisclosed location, Strain said. He is expected to appear in court Monday in White County, Mississippi, to face charges of possession of illegal methamphetamines and a military-style rifle, according to Strain.

Also Sunday, 50 searchers fanned out over a 160-acre site about 60 miles southeast of the state capital of Jackson looking for clues to the disappearance of the family two weeks ago. Police said the case could be connected to an inheritance dispute.

Strain said an AR-15 rifle found in Earnest Hargon's possession is being tested against spent bullet casings found in the Hargon's house in Vaughan, Mississippi, about 35 miles north of Jackson.

"I fully anticipate additional charges," Strain said.

Earlier, Strain told reporters that an inheritance dispute between the two male Hargon’s "goes to motive." An uncle who died left land to Michael Hargon and none to Earnest Lee Hargon.

"Clearly, that is a consideration in this particular investigation," he said.