PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Police told us they fear for the worst, and now the brother of a missing Portsmouth man is convinced his brother is dead.
He talked to 10 On Your Side, in the hopes of catching the killer.
49-year-old Jim Britt disappeared more than a month ago.
His brother Bill is convinced something bad, something criminal happened inside Jim's home.
He took 10 On Your Side's Stephanie Harris inside to see what he believes are signs of a struggle and coverup but asked us to leave our camera out, because he did not want to do anything that might interfere with the police investigation.
"It was a very brutal situation," said Bill.
What he saw inside his brothers home sparked rage. "I'm not a violent person I don't believe in weapons, I'm sleeping with a gun now," he said.
His imagination is in over-drive, considering all the possibilities. "We have not found my brothers body," Bill said.
Jim Bitt, by all accounts was a friendly, quiet man, living in a peaceful Portsmouth neighborhood. He had no wife, no children, and no reason to run.
In fact, Bill said it's just the opposite.
Jim was a successful independent car dealer, with an engineering degree, a devoted son whose mother was hospitalized just days before he disappeared.
"My brother would never have left town or gone anywhere being circumstances like that," he told us, and police agree.
"That's what makes this so unusual, and why we're so intent on the investigation because everything leads us to believe he should still be here," said Portsmouth Police Captain, Garrett Shelton.
Investigators have followed several leads - one to a home in Chesapeake and another to Florida but so far no arrests.
In fact, they are not yet calling this a crime, but Bill is.
"These individuals involved are monsters, literally monsters, they have no regards to human life," Bill said.
He said he won't rest, until his brother and whoever killed him, are found.
"I want all people involved caught, prosecuted to the maximum of the law," Bill added.
Police are still calling this a missing person's case and want anyone with information to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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