Search efforts for missing man wrapped up, case turned over to Spencer Police

Search efforts for missing man wrapped up, case turned over to Spencer Police
On Saturday crews made a final push, searching the area around I-85, Long Ferry Road, and the banks of the Yadkin River (Source: Spencer Police)

SPENCER, NC (WBTV) - Search and rescue teams have formally turned over the case of missing man Rick Travis to Spencer Police Chief Mike James.

On Saturday crews made a final push, searching the area around I-85, Long Ferry Road, and the banks of the Yadkin River.

Rowan County Emergency Services Director Chris Soliz said that while he was pleased with the efforts that search teams made, it was not the result they were hoping for.

“The consensus is that we feel comfortable that we did everything we possibly could that was logical and reasonable,” Chief Soliz said.

Travis, 66, left his home to go for a run on Monday afternoon just after 2:30 pm. Other than a few fleeting frames of various surveillance camera video from spots near his home shortly after he left, he hasn’t been seen since.

Approximately 200 search and rescue workers from a total of 40 different agencies took part in the search effort. Along with the physical land search and door-to-door canvass, they used helicopters, drones, K-9′s, and on Saturday, sonar to search in the water.

The wife of Rick Travis visited the command center and staging location at least twice during the week, including a visit on Saturday to pass along her thanks at the efforts that were made to find her husband.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Spencer Police. 704-633-3574.

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