Liberty County man missing weeks after last seen by family

By Vanesa Brashier,

The family of Christopher Michael Kopeski, 47, is worried. The disabled resident of Snake River Lake Estates was last seen on March 23, leaving behind his cell phone and other personal belongings.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office confirms that Kopeski is the subject of a missing person case, which is actively being worked by investigators.

His daughter, Dilan Sheppeard, says her father and brother were planning to meet up to work on a vehicle, but Kopeski never arrived.

“He ran with a rough crowd. The police know that, too, and they think something is wrong,” she said. “I don’t even have any hope right now.”

After their father disappeared, Sheppeard says her brother walked the woods around his house in Snake River and searched a pond, but the searches were fruitless. They found no sign of Kopeski.

“We took our dogs over there to look for him. The dogs love him and we hoped they would pick up a scent for him, but they didn’t,” she said.

Kopeski’s other likely whereabouts include Big Thicket Lake Estates where his girlfriend lives and Trinity River Lake Estates where his son lives.

Kopeski is described as a white male, 5-feet 10-inches tall, weighing 180 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. His head is often shaved. He lost both of his legs to an electrocution accident years earlier, so he has prosthetic legs from the thigh down. He also has extensive scarring on his back and shoulder from the accident.

He has three tattoos – a Rebel flag with “JCK” on his chest, a joker on his shoulder blade and an iron cross on other shoulder blade.

If anyone knows anything about his disappearance, please call the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office at 936-336-4500 and refer to Case # 19-007387.

Christopher Kopeski disappeared on March 23 from his home in Snake River in north Liberty County.
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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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