Despite high-tech search, autistic Lincoln man remains missing

Richard Perdue – Picture courtesy of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office


Lincolnton, NC – With various other measures exhausted in the search for a man missing from the Boger City Rest Home for more than a week, searchers were back on the scene today searching the area again on foot.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives, the Lincoln County Special Operations Land Search Team and a drone operator from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office searched a 300-meter area around the Boger City Rest Home on Little Valley Lane. The search, including using the drone to show aerial views of locations that are difficult to access due to the terrain, covered an area of buildings and heavy brush but did not turn up any clues to the whereabouts of Richard Keith Perdue, 52, who was last seen leaving the rest home around 8:30 p.m. on January 22, 2018.

A Silver Alert was issued for Perdue who is described as a white male with black hair and blue eyes. He stands 5 feet – 5 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. He was last seen wearing a royal blue hoodie and black sweat pants. Perdue suffers from autism and cognitive disorders.

Perdue does not have relatives in Lincoln County and is not familiar with the area. Anyone with information about Perdue’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

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