Family searches for musician who disappeared before a show

Family and friends are desperately searching for a musician who disappeared days before he was scheduled to play a show.

Nobody has seen or heard from Broughty Cole, 28, since Monday evening. His family said he's never disappeared like this before and they're growing more worried by the minute. When he didn't show up at a gig Wednesday at the Off Center Stage in Grass Valley, loved ones knew something was terribly wrong.

"The hardest part is not being able to do anything," sister Jamaica Cole said. "I'm running out of ideas."

Broughty played the drums in a band called Lasher Keen. Band member Dylan Sheets was the last to talk to him over the phone about 6:20 p.m. on Monday. Cole said he was driving from Sacramento's Oak Park neighborhood to Nevada City for band rehearsal.

"I thought it was weird he didn't show," Sheets explained. "I thought maybe his cell phone died. It wasn't until the next evening I started worrying more."

Cole had plans Tuesday to see a show in San Francisco, but didn't make it. When he didn't make the gig on Wednesday, Sheets sounded the alarm.

"Since he was not at sound check we called his brother and said you need to put in a missing person report," Sheets said.

Cole's family notified police. Since then, loved ones have been frantically searching for clues.

"Our first thought was maybe he ran off the road on Monday evening because I think it was raining," Jamaica Cole said.

But there's been no sign of his car, a 1996 dark green Volkswagon Passat with Arizona plates. It's a mystery that has friends and family fearing the worst.

"My intuition is saying it's not an accident off road," Sheets added. " I think we would have found his car by now."

Jamaica Cole said detectives are getting a warrant to check his bank account. In his last phone call with Sheets, he mentioned stopping by the ATM. It's unknown if he ever made it to the bank or when he last used his cell phone.

"I'm at a complete loss," Jamaica Cole said. "I have no idea."

Cole's family is organizing a search for him on Saturday. They're meeting at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of McClatchy Park at 33rd Street and 6th Avenue in Oak Park. The public is invited.


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