Family, friends, and members of Horry County police gathered Sunday afternoon and planted a tree in his memory. The daughter he never got to meet was also there.
Kareen was last seen in the Aynor area on June 16, 2007. Three days later his car was pulled from a river, but there's still no sign of him. Ward's brother says he "left behind a life of joy."
Horry County Interim Police Chief Saundra Rhodes reached out to the family. She says they haven't had very many leads in the case this year. Last year an extensive search of a home turned up nothing.
Ward's mother, Velma Warren, uses her faith to cope with his disappearance, "I prayed and just asked the master to keep me like he has always been doing. Strengthen me so I can hold up and go on. And I pray to Him and asking Him to keep me and I would love to know where my sons remains are."
"It was not just a loss for the family and the community, it was a loss for all of us it should and does effect the entire county when we have a case like this without any resolution," adds Rhodes.
If you have any information about Ward's disappearance you're asked to call the Horry County tip line at 915-TIPS (8477).