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New Evidence Suggests Missing Store Owner Was Not Abducted

Posted March 18, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST

— Police thought Larry Jones was kidnapped Monday from the Parkway Convenience Center in Cary that he owned and managed. But new information in the case has police looking in a new direction.

At a press conference Thursday morning, police said Larry Jones may not have been abducted but instead left town on his own. During the past three days evidence and information was uncovered that leads police to believe he may have gone fishing.

On Monday, Cary police discovered money was taken from the safe of the convenience store Jones owned and managed. The video surveillance tape was missing as were Jones and his truck. Police say Jones' family has given them new information.

"There are some personal items missing from his home that we've been told about by family and friends that give us an avenue to look at that Larry might have left on his own," said Lt. Steve Lee of the Cary Police Department.

Police are giving few details other than to say clothing and fishing tackle are missing.

"The key things that give us this indication is we've got a man here that's an avid fisherman, who loves to fish," Lee said. "He's got his favorite hats and stuff like that."

The search along the east coast for Larry and his truck continues, and abduction is not ruled out.

"Out greatest concern is Larry's safety and well being," Lee said. "We want to find Larry Jones."

Police say they consider Larry Jones a missing person now. The search continues along the east coast and in Tennessee. Jones' truck, a blue and silver Chevrolet Blazer, carries the North Carolina license plate "HYA 2627". Anyone seeing the truck or Larry Jones is asked to call the Cary Police Department of the Highway Patrol.