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Police Seek Missing Chapel Hill Lawyer

Posted July 14, 2006 9:52 a.m. EDT

— Investigators are trying to find Chapel Hill attorney John G. McCormick, who was accused in court filings of failing to properly handle more than $1 million.

McCormick, 58, last was reported missing Tuesday. A vehicle registered to his family was found near Duke Forest and investigators are treating the case as a missing person, said Chapel Hill police spokeswoman Jane Cousins.

He was the attorney for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board for more than 20 years.

The State Bar filed a motion in Wake County Superior Court to freeze accounts after McCormick failed to transfer $802,185.82 from real estate sales to the property's owner.

The Bar said about $1.3 million is missing from McCormick's trust accounts, too.

A Chapel Hill couple also contends in a lawsuit that McCormick borrowed $300,000 and hasn't repaid them.