Michael Breer is charged with murdering Justin Morris, but so far Pierce County deputies haven't found his alleged victim.
Friends believe Morris' body is somewhere in the South Hill area.
"Every time I come out here, I got a gut feeling he's back here," said Joshua Worton. "Trying to cover what we can this is a pretty decent size area out here so we're trying to put in our best efforts."
Investigators say Breer beat Morris to death with frying pans and then asked a friend to help him dispose of the body. Court records state the friend said he saw Morris wrapped in a blanket with his head covered by a garbage bag.
Prosecutors say Breer then asked an uncle to help him to dispose of the body which the uncle says he didn't do.
At a vigil for Morris on Friday night, his mother asked for everyone's help to find her son and that's exactly what Morris' friends are doing.
"Just because he's a long lost friend, being good citizens, and trying to help out and trying to see what we can do," Worton said.
Morris' mother says she just wants to be able to give her son a proper burial.
Breer remains held on $2 million bail.