Missing man, who prompted search in Burke Co., found after spending two nights in shed

Missing man, who prompted search in Burke Co., found after spending two nights in shed
Search crews combed the thick brush along the river and even the Johns River itself, but were not able to find Gray. (Source: Steve Ohnesorge/WBTV)

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A missing man, who prompted a multi-agency search when an abandoned car was found Monday night in Burke County, has been located after he reportedly spent two nights in a shed.

On Monday evening, deputies were notified of an abandoned vehicle with the key in the ignition off of John’s River Loop in Morganton.

The missing man was identified as 25-year-old Dustin Gray of Iredell County.

Members of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, Burke County EMS Special Operations, Burke County Rescue, Chesterfield FD, NC Wildlife, NC Dept. of Corrections and the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search utilizing a K9, and drone without locating Gray.

On Thursday, Gray was observed by a resident off of Johns River Road in Morganton around 11:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, officials identified Gray and took him by EMS to a local medical facility.

Burke County detectives interviewed Gray and it was revealed that he had left work in Statesville, drove to Burke County and did not want to be found.

He told officials that he walked through the North Carolina Wildlife Game Lands until he found a shed where he spent the night for two nights, surviving off of water from the river and corn from the food plots in the fields.

No further information was released.

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