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Man making long-distance bike trip missing after Knightdale stop

Posted September 22, 2015

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— The Knightdale Police Department is asking for help in locating a Massachusetts man who was fulfilling his lifelong dream of bicycling down the east coast when he disappeared.

Richard Moreau, 66, was last seen on Sept. 17 when he left a Verizon store located at 6807 Knightdale Blvd. He was riding a green bicycle and wearing a black and gray helmet, red riding gloves, black sneakers, and shorts and a t-shirt.

The grandfather of six was pursuing his lifelong dream of bicycling from Massachusetts to Florida. He left North Attleboro, Mass., on Aug. 26 with few belongings and had been checking in with his family daily.

"He's checked in. He's checked in regularly. He's checked in daily," said Moreau's step-daughter Kelly Erskine.

Moreau carried a small tent with him and on some nights throughout his journey he camped in the woods but on other nights he would stay in a hotel.

Police said that on the evening of Sept. 17, Moreau stopped at the Verizon store to pick up a new cell phone and contacted his wife. He told her that he was near Wendell and was planning to camp out, but the battery in the phone was low. that was the last time the family heard from him.

They have now set up a Facebook page to help locate him.

"He is a wonderful man, he was a family man," said Erskine. "We are just praying he is safe."

Family members said that Moreau had been planning his trip for months by training and researching his route.

"This is the first time he was that far off of where he was originally intending," said Moreau's son Ryan Moreau.

Ryan Moreau drove from his home in Florida to the Triangle to find his father.

"It's just hard to know where to start," said Ryan Moreau. "But we are starting here because we know he was here."

His bicycling route should have been taking him along U.S. Highway 1. Ryan Moreau said his father was off his planned route when he stopped in Knightdale, making the search for him even more difficult.

"Where was he last and where would he likely be headed to to meet back up with the path," said Ryan Moreau.

Anybody with information about Moreau’s whereabouts is asked to call Knightdale police at 919-217-2261 or dial 911.


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  • Ed McKim Sep 24, 2015
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    yikes. apparently he was found in his tent, dead of natural causes, off highway 264 alternate. http://abc11.com/news/missing-cyclist-found-dead-in-rural-nash-county/998880/

  • Lisa Lisa Sep 23, 2015
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    Knightdale PD posted that he was seen travelling near Middlesex on a highway on Monday. If that's the case, I wonder why he is not contacting his family or asking s9me on else to.

  • Lisa Lisa Sep 23, 2015
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    The article doesn't say that there is suspicion that someone did anything to him.

  • Michi Gauss Sep 23, 2015
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    The article doesn't say, but I wonder if this man had additional safety gear like a GPS tracker in his bike, if his phone continued to ping and where, who was the last person known to see him and what time. Sounded like he only checked in once a day with family and then with no one else. No social media posting? No apps used for cycling (like Strava) which tracks progress enroute? Not to predict outcomes, but this doesn't seem like it will have a good one.

  • Phillip Mozingo Sep 23, 2015
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    Yes, we are making assumptions on the assumed article posted to the left.........

  • Lisa Lisa Sep 23, 2015
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    Oh, the assumptions with so little information.

  • Sam Adams Sep 23, 2015
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    I hope this is all a misunderstanding. I pray that he is found safe.

  • Phillip Mozingo Sep 23, 2015
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    Great! A man travels all the way from Massachusetts and disappears in Knightdale! That speaks volumes for our state. Violence is unraveling throughout our country and we the people are going to have take back our streets and communities! I hope this guy is found safe as well.

  • Megan Alto Sep 22, 2015
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    Leave it to NC for this man to disappear, this place is going to hell in a hand basket. I pray he is found safe.