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Missing Hope Mills Man Returns To Family

Posted March 8, 2007

— Cumberland County authorities say a missing Hope Mills man returned home safely Wednesday night.

Authorities said Luther "Tony" Russell told his manager at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday that he was not feeling well and was going to Duke Hospital. According to police, Russell called a deacon at his church to say he had been injured in an accident and his car was stuck in a ditch between two trees.

Russell's family contacted authorities Wednesday night and notified them that he had returned home.

Investigators said the family would not release any additional information of Russell's whereabouts.


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  • georgewilson11 Mar 10, 2007

    My opinion makes as much sence as the dribble that came after my comment !

  • Get a clue Mar 8, 2007

    What are you smoking georgewilson??

  • Lizard Paw Mar 8, 2007

    What a waste! All those police officers searching for this human debris when nothing was wrong to begin with.

  • lash457 Mar 8, 2007

    As for George Wilson, it is sad to think that people like you are still able to roam the streets freely. There is no room for that kind of foolishness. Everyone has a right to free speech, but who wants to hear your backwards, archaic thinking? If you could call that thinking!

  • sammy12 Mar 8, 2007

    I don't think it was a bogus police report. His family really believed he was missing.

  • HappyGoLucky Mar 8, 2007

    On the other hand, maybe there is a mental condition and the family is trying to protect him since it seems as if he were possible seeking medical help??? Although, it does sound a little 'fishy', you never know.

  • paddie Mar 8, 2007

    "Sounds like to me he wanted a way out to do some messing around"
    That must have been some mighty powerful put-tang!

  • Angelfmabve5 Mar 8, 2007

    Interesting how the family wants to play the "no comment" today, but wanted him and the info plastered all over the news yesterday. Someone should be charged with filing a bogus police report that cost the TAX PAYERS money to send Highway Patrol helicopters up to search for him, local and county sheriff's departemtns looking for him. Yeah, maybe if they make an example of this man then someone else will think twice before pulling one like this cause I for an tired of seeing tax dollars wasted!

  • Super Typer Mar 8, 2007

    George Wilson: ????? Makes absolutely no sense. What you said has nothing to do with this article.

  • SkepticalGirl Mar 8, 2007

    Mr. George Wilson...You are a JERK!!