Silver Alert issued for autistic Lincoln County man

Richard Purdue – Picture courtesy of NCDPS


Lincolnton, NC – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing male who walked off from Boger City Rest Home.

Richard Keith Purdue, 53, was last seen on foot leaving Boger City Rest Home on Little Valley Lane in Lincolnton at approximately 8:30pm on 1/22/2018. He is a white male with black hair and blue eyes, stands 5’5” and weighs 135 lbs. He was last seen wearing a royal blue hoodie and black sweat pants. Purdue suffers from autism, schizophrenia, and is bipolar.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Land Search team are currently on the scene attempting to search the area on foot for the subject.

Anyone with information about the missing male’s whereabouts is asked the contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050 or the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202.

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