'Man, that's what I'm talking about' Drew Cato's family carries on his legacy through Project Drew

Monday, May 6, 2019
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Project Drew has continued to help families of missing persons to have someone to turn to. (Source: WRDW)

AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- A year ago today, Drew Cato's family reported him missing after he wasn't answering his phone.

A few weeks later, he was found dead in McCormick County.

Three people are now charged with his death. Blaeke Wolfe and Devin Stringfield are charged with murder. Wolfe's mom, Virginia Reynolds, is charged with concealing a death.

This last year has not been easy, but Drew’s family says he was the type of person that would help anyone in need, so they've taken his loss and created Project Drew. It’s an effort to help others just like Drew would have wanted.

“We said okay we could help others, we could keep this going,” Drew’s father, Andy Cato, said.

But the whole thing started with Drew going missing last year.

“By 3 or 4 o'clock that afternoon we'd called the police and reported him missing, and that's what started everything,” Andy said.

The following day, Drew didn’t show up for work.

“The next morning some of his co-workers when he didn't show up for work, decided they weren't waiting anymore and they started looking and that's how Project Drew was born,” Andy said.

But while Drew’s family got answers a month later, Project Drew didn’t end.

Their goal is to give other families a place to turn if they are missing a loved one. They've supported other families like Preston Overton's, Andrya Deghelder's, and De'Vante Williams'.

"We're out there, we're going to fight for those people that don't know how to help themselves, and there's a lot of them out there like me when this all happened I didn't know where to go or what to do," Andy said.

As the members of Project Drew continue to help others, Andy says Drew would be proud.

“I think Drew would be smiling right now and say, ‘Man, this is what I'm talking about,’” Andy said.

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