MetroNews staff photo
Mark Lilly

OAK HILL, W.Va. — As authorities continued to investigate the disappearance of a Fayette County high school teacher this week, a group of concerned citizens began to organize a search party to assist the sheriff’s department.

Oak Hill High teacher Mark Lilly was first reported missing after he failed to show up for work on Monday.  Lilly was last seen leaving the school in his maroon Toyota Tacoma early Saturday morning.  Lilly’s dog and his daily medications were still in his home when officers conducted a search there, but his vehicle was missing.  Deputies have been tracking his cell phone, license plate, and bank account, as well as searching the surrounding area.  Fayette County Sheriff Mike Fridley said investigators had found no indication that a crime had occurred, and did not suspect foul play, though he did not elaborate further.

Lilly, 50, of Fayetteville, was described as 5’8″, 150 lbs., with a mustache and shaved head.