Posted April 23, 2008
- Apr .19, approximately 6 p.m. – Mr. Villines was following his wife to the airport on N.C. 147 when he got off at the Alston Avenue exit for an unknown reason. His wife pulled over on the side of the road and waited but he did not get back on the highway.
- Apr. 19, 10:15 p.m. – The state Highway Patrol stops Mr. Villines, but there is no information in the system indicating that he is missing.
- Apr. 19, 11:04 p.m. – DPD notified by Orange Central after his wife called Orange County 911 to report him missing (they live in Hillsborough). Durham dispatchers and a Durham officer spoke with his wife who provided them with a description of Mr. Villines and his vehicle.
- After speaking twice with Mrs. Villines, officers discussed how to proceed with the case, including possibly getting a Silver Alert issued, and were attempting to process the various forms needed to enter Mr. Villines into NCIC, which is a prerequisite for issuing a Silver Alert.
- Around midnight – A network outage occurs at Durham Police Headquarters and Durham 911 Center, which affects access to the dispatch computer, the Internet and DCI (which is where NCIC information is entered in the system).
- Apr. 20, 12:33 a.m. – A message is put out to all officers about the missing person with a description of Mr. Villines and his vehicle.
- Apr. 20, 12:49 a.m. – A male, later identified as Mr. Villines, is struck by a car near the intersection of N.C. 98 and Sherron Road. Highway Patrol takes the call.
- Apr. 20, 1-1:30 a.m. – Mr. Villines’ license plate is entered into NCIC by both Highway Patrol and Durham County Sheriff’s Office (following the accident).
- Apr. 20, 2:50 a.m. – Mr. Villines is entered into NCIC. Within minutes, Highway Patrol and DCSO both respond with delayed hit inquiries and that is when DPD officers learn that Mr. Villines had died.