Local News

Search Continues for Wilson Man, 82

Posted April 21, 2008

— Authorities continued searching Monday for an 82-year-old Wilson man who went missing last week.

Wade Hampton Lamm, of 5111 Country Club Drive North, was last seen at the BB&T Bank on West Nash Street in Wilson around 5 a.m. Wednesday.

His 1997 white Ford F-250 truck with North Carolina plate XVL-9980 was found Thursday at the Days Inn in Washington, about 60 miles east of Wilson.

Authorities said there is no obvious sign that foul play is involved, but are investigating all possibilities.

Lamm's family said Monday he has heart problems, is without his medication and is suicidal.

"He needs to be found, if possible," his daughter, Linda Lamm Darden, said. "We need to get some more involvement from state agencies, if possible. This is a critical moment, here."

A Silver Alert – a statewide notification system that alerts the public when endangered adults go missing – was not issued because he does not suffer from dementia or other cognitive impairments – a requirement for the alert.

"I would think someone who is clearly depressed and suicidal and also – now that he has been wandering around for several days without his medication, I have to wonder, 'What is his mental state?'" Lamm's other daughter, Debbie Lamm, said.

Lamm is a white man with a fair complexion and blue eyes. He stands 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds.

Anyone with information about where he might be is asked to call the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or the Washington Police Department at 252-946-1444.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • AFLOWERS Apr 22, 2008


  • mkmydy Apr 22, 2008

    That daughter, SunnyDays, happens to be my mother. We're all very upset that Wade has gone missing, and on top of that, she was speaking on TV. SO, WITH A COMBO OF UPSET + NERVOUS, ITS AMAZING SHE WAS ABLE TO SAY ANYTHING AT ALL. And as for you, just my2cents, you should keep your negative two cents to yourself. He wasn't p*ssed at us (in fact I wish that were the case, because then we would know he was still of sound mind). He had a medical appointment on the day he went missing, and was feeling depressed about it. That's why he left. The family of Mr. Lamm appreciates support and prayers, but not receiving the blame for such a tragic event.

  • SunnyDays Apr 22, 2008

    I certainly hope this kind looking man is found in good health and nothing is wrong, but I have to ask what kind of comment is this from a daughter whose father is missig "he needs to be found if possible."

  • mkmydy Apr 21, 2008

    I think I ran out of space for my last comment. I was just going to say that the more people who call up the police departments and TV stations, the more attention they will have to give to this. The least they can do is offer a PLAUSIBLE EXCUSE as to why a silver alert has not been issued. The family appreciates support and prayers for Wade.

  • just my2cents Apr 21, 2008

    I wonder if he got p*ssed at his family and decided to take a vacation from them. If he left on his own free will and is of sound mind, I don't think they will do a silver alert for him. I pray he is safe and contacts his family soon.

  • tarheelalum Apr 21, 2008

    What's the reasoning for no silver alert? It has to be something specific since they're usually made even if someone just goes to the bathroom without letting everyone know. I maintain that nobody in their 80's should be able to attain a driver's license. My Gma included. She's 82 and in great shape. I still don't feel safe riding with her though! Reaction time simply too slow.

  • enoughsenough Apr 21, 2008

    Last seen at the bank, car abandoned at a hotel 60 miles away. This sounds like there could be some foul play.