PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Yellow crime scene tape sticks out like a sore thumb in Portsmouth's Sterling Point neighborhood.
"Its upsetting, it is its very upsetting," said Diane Kirsch.
Kirsch can see it from her driveway, and has everyday for more than a month.
It is a constant reminder that the man who lives down the street, 49-year-old Jim Britt, disappeared and police don't know if he's dead or alive.
"To leap to that assumption at this point, we're not ready to," said Police Captain Garrett Shelton.
Jim Britt deals cars. He buys them at auctions, fixes them up, and sells them. He is a single man with no children.
Police can find no reason he'd want to run.
"Everything leads us to believe he should still be here," said Shelton.
Investigators removed just about everything from his home. They also searched a house in Chesapeake, and took some paperwork, a piece of carpet, and a swab of a red substance.
"We can say there's a red stain but we don't know what that is, until it goes to the lab," Shelton said.
Police confirm they also followed a lead to Florida and did some interviews but so far they have nothing concrete.
All of the uncertainty is making neighbors nervous and despite the reassurance from police that there's no neighborhood connection, for Diane Kirsch it is its hard to ignore what is right in front of you.
"That crime and mean people are still around," she said.
Police want to talk to anyone who may have seen or done business with Britt in the last six months, even if it seemed insignificant to you, it could help them break the case.
If you can help call the Crimeline at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
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