Officials urge Spencer area residents to check outbuildings, property, in search for missing man

Special crews called in for missing man

SPENCER, NC (WBTV) - Officials are urging residents of Spencer, particularly those who live near the Sowers Ferry Road area, to check their property, including outbuildings and garages for Rick Travis.

The 66-year-old left home on Monday afternoon just after 2:30 to go for a run, and other than a sighting or two while he was running after leaving his neighborhood, hasn’t been seen since.

“Now is the time we’re going to ask the community to be involved and get outside," said Chris Richardson of Rowan County Emergency Services. "Check your outbuildings, check your property, anywhere that you have on your property, just get outside and check that and help us to find this gentleman.”

Late Monday night, the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for 66-year-old Richard Earl “Rick” Travis.

Travis was seen leaving home near Sowers Ferry Road while wearing loose black running pants that were cut-off at the calf, a silver rain jacket, black gloves and dark running shoes. He also may be wearing a hat.

Travis is described as 6′0″ tall weighing 157 pounds with a slim build. He has gray hair and may be suffering from dementia or a cognitive impairment.

Anyone who thinks they may have seen Travis is asked to call 911 immediately.

On Wednesday crews from across the state were searching for Travis. The North Carolina State Highway Patrol helicopter was being used, along with boats from Mooresville Fire, and crews with tracking dogs.

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