On 20th anniversary of Shelbyville man's disappearance, family continues search for answers

Antonio Taylor
Posted at 8:39 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 20:12:14-04

SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Lillie Buchanan keeps a scrap-booked binder on the end table in her Shelbyville living room, filled with newspaper clippings, pictures and letters from the last 20 years.

"Just a few things that's been going on," she said while thumbing through the pages. "Twenty years of hope in this book."

That hope is that she will learn something about her grandson who has been missing for two decades.

"You still think about it, it's still on your heart and on your mind," Buchanan said.

Saturday marks 20 years since the last time Antonio Taylor's family saw his contagious smile.

"He had a pretty smile. He had dimples," Taylor's mom, Rochelle Adams, said. "He was just a character."

The date was Sept. 21, 1999.

"His mother and him was supposed to be going out job hunting that day. He had his clothes and everything laid out," Buchanan said. "We knew something was wrong when he didn't come home that afternoon, because he had two boys he was raising and they were one and two-years-old."

Ever since, Buchanan has been calling the Shelbyville Police Department for information; every month for the last 20 years.

"I may miss one month, but not often" Buchanan said. "It's just to see if anything has come up, or just to let them know this is not going to be forgotten."

She's called so often, she's memorized the department's number

"I also have the detective office phone number memorized," Buchanan said. Family members said Shelbyville Police Detectives have said they suspected foul play.

If you know anything about Antonio Taylor, you are urged to contact the Shelbyville Police Department. The department's phone number is 931-684-5811.