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Police Still Searching for Possible Crash Victim

Posted March 7, 2007
Updated March 8, 2007

— Police are still trying to find a man they believe had a car accident and was injured on Wednesday.

Luther Carbon “Tony” Russell, who turned 43 Wednesday, telephoned a friend from the road to complain of not feeling well, according to police. He then called a deacon at his church at 7 a.m. to say he had been hurt in an accident and was stuck in a ditch between two trees.

The last call originated from a cell tower at exit 14 on I-95 in Lumberton, police said. Calls back to him have gone unanswered.

Russell is believed to have been driving his burgundy 1998 Mazda 626, license plate NC VTV 5380. He is a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall.

Russell, who works at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center in Hope Mills, began his shift at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, according to Cumberland County Sheriff's officials. Around 5:30 a.m., he notified his manager that he was not feeling well and was going to Duke Hospital.

Authorities are not sure if Russell was going to Duke Hospital in Durham or the Duke Hospital Annex facility in Lumberton, also known as Duke Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Investigators said Russell usually travels on Interstate 95 before taking I-40 to Duke Medical Center, but he may have taken back roads.

Anyone with information about Russell's whereabouts or an accident involving a car matching the description of Russell's vehicle is asked to call the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office at 910-677-5432.


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  • rpd911 Mar 8, 2007

    The SC couple's accident was actually report to the authorities, though I think if the person who called about the accident stayed or tried to help then maybe the SC couple would still be alive. No body asked why that didn't happen though did they? This case is only similar to that because of the alleged accident nothing else.

  • rpd911 Mar 8, 2007

    The GPS on most phones isn't active unless the person calls 911, even then it's not exact. About the only thing they might be able to do is use cell towers to triangulate his position, if his phone is still on. the fact that he didn't call 911 may suggest that he did something wrong. People who need help but did something wrong to get them in that trouble usually don't call 911 right away or at all. Also there is the possibility, though it doesn't say, that he could be wanted, locally, state or nationally, and that is why he didn't call 911. No one knows for now.

  • Derrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Mar 8, 2007

    I'm with Albritton. Something very fishy about this story. Anyone want to bet that it turns out he wasn't in a wreck? (If he was in one I do wish him good health though)

  • dhamma Mar 7, 2007

    GPS on most cell phones? I don't think so. Maybe your talking about something else Mookers. I know some phones have that capability, but My New motorola razor does not, nor does my wife's new LG phone. It appears they know the general area of his calls as they relate to the towers being used. That is still a pretty large area to look in though. I sure hope they are out there looking right now as we speak.

  • xchief661 Mar 7, 2007

    I hope he is found soon but if he had an accident and was able to call his deacon, I don't understand why he didn't call 911. I feel so bad for his family and will pray for you all. Whatever, the case is, I pray that God will give you answers and peace soon

  • just2be579 Mar 7, 2007

    OK...I'm a little upset with this story. Earlier it stated that the last contact was near High House and Cary Prkwy... I live near there and almost left work early to help search.... then the story disappears completely... now its buried...

    this is IRRESPONSIBLE journalism at its best

    sort of like running a news story about how scientists are thinking the next big tsunami will be off the coast of Virginia.. and then... no follow up... you know why???? because the fact that they hyped a friggin story, and it was BS isn't newsworthy...

  • DontBelieveTheHype Mar 7, 2007

    I hope they find the poor fellow! Don't they have canines for this very task?

  • diwanicki Mar 7, 2007

    I hope they find him.

  • NYPD Mar 7, 2007

    I'll start searching right away.

  • albritton76 Mar 7, 2007

    something very fishy here