Police, Family Seek Missing Man
Family members say it isn’t uncommon for Lance Bullock to go off for a few days to the mountains, or to go hiking or camping, but it is uncharacteristic of him to not show up for appointments, especially when it involves family.
“When he didn’t make dinner (on Sunday, June 17, Father’s Day), that is when I knew something was wrong,” said Bullock’s mother, Donna Ford.
The family reported Bullock missing to Southern Pines police on Monday.
Police said Bullock, 34, of Southern Pines, went missing sometime between June 13 and June 18. The 34-year-old male with long brown hair, a beard and green eyes, was believed to last be seen wearing a dark T-shirt, cargo shorts and flip-flops.
Bullock stands 6-feet-1 and weighs 175 pounds, according to family members. He is a graduate of Union Pines High School and studied at Sandhills Community College.
“At this point, we are not sure if he is missing voluntarily or involuntarily,” said Lt. Rodney Hardy, of the Southern Pines Police Department.
Hardy said Bullock was reportedly last seen on June 13 playing disc golf at Reservoir Park.
“He had to go somewhere after that, and that is the information we need,” Hardy said.
Ford said she received a text from her son just after 1:30 p.m. that day confirming he would attend dinner with the family on Father’s Day at San Felipe Restaurante Mexicano in Aberdeen.
Authorities recently located Bullock’s black Honda two-door coupe near Deep River Park, Ford said. An aerial search of the area was unsuccessful, Hardy said.
Ford said by Friday, June 15, Bullock’s friends began reaching out to his family because he was not returning phone calls and text messages, and no one had seen him in a few days.
She said she wasn’t overly concerned because she thought it possible that Bullock had gone off someplace where he would be without cell service.
Sunday, Ford said she and other family members arrived at the restaurant early and stayed late, but Bullock didn’t show.
“That is when we knew something was seriously wrong,” Ford said.
This week, Bullock’s family and friends have circulated fliers around the community, and they have waged an aggressive social media campaign through Facebook to find him.
“We have reached out to his friends, but we are getting no feedback that anybody had any contact with him after Wednesday,” Ford said.
Authorities and family members are asking anyone with information connected to the case to contact police.
“Right now we need info from people who know him or who may have seen him,” Hardy said of Bullock. “That information is gold and the more of it we can get the better chance we have of finding Lance.”
Anyone with information about Bullock’s whereabouts between June 13-18 is asked to call the Southern Pines Police at (910) 692-7031 or the Crime Tip line at (910) 693-4110.
Contact Tom Embrey at (190) 693-2484 or email@example.com.
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