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Garner Police Continue Search For Missing Man

Posted April 22, 2004

— Police are still looking for a man who walked away from the Meadows of Garner assisted living community on Monday.

Troy Stephens, 53, was last seen around 10 p.m. by a Meadows of Garner staff member. Stephens has a limited emotional capacity and currently takes medication daily, according to police.

Stephens, a white male, is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall with balding brown hair, brown eyes and missing teeth.

Police say Stephens may have been seen walking near Interstate 40 at exit 325 in Benson on Tuesday and Wednesday around 12:30 p.m. Investigators have traveled throughout southern Wake, Johnston and Harnett Counties in search of Stephens.

Missing person flyers have also been distributed.

"We need everyone to be on the look-out for Mr. Stephens. Time is certainly of the essence in cases like this. The longer Troy is gone, the more worried everyone becomes," investigator Grant Davis said.

According to police, Stephens has left the home before, but located quickly and usually within 6 to 12 hours.

"We know he can walk long distances," said Davis. "He could have traveled far enough by now that he is unfamiliar with his surroundings."

Stephens has been entered into NCIC, a national computer base used by all law enforcement agencies. He is listed as missing and endangered.

Anyone seeing Stephens is asked to dial 911 or contact their local police department immediately. is asked to Garner Police at (919) 772- 8810.

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