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Authorities Find Truck Belonging to Missing Cary Man

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CARY — Investigators have found the truck they believe was used by missing Cary convenience store clerk Larry Jones, who vanished without a trace March 16, 1998. Authorities think Jones had $9,000 in cash from the store when he disappeared.

The Chevy Blazer was found in the woods of western Kentucky about two weeks ago. Cary Police say the truck had been there for several seasons and was covered with a tarp and leaves.

Jones was known to be an avid bass fisherman, and the area in Kentucky where the truck was found is near two lakes that are popular bass fishing spots.

"This is the type of development in this case that has really raised more questions than has given us some answers," said Cary Police Chief Windy Hunter at a news conference Tuesday morning. Nevertheless, officials are hopeful.

Police confirmed that in June a former Cary resident reported seeing and speaking to someone she thought was Jones in a Mississippi casino.

Workers at the animal hospital next door to the convenience store were shocked and relieved when a former colleague reported running into Jones.

Veterinarian Dr. John Strasser says there is no mistaking who his former technician saw.

"She quite innocently went up to him and said 'Hey, how are you doing?' They talked for a while, and she commented that he got a little fidgety and decided to break off the conversation," said Strasser.

Friends and family say they just wanted to hear from Jones even if he was not kidnapped and took off on his own.

"He's missed even after all this time," Tony McCarthy, a friend of Jones, said. "Even after you rule out foul play, there's still people that generally miss Larry. They want Larry back."

Though initially Jones was believed to be a crime victim, police issued a warrant for his arrest in January. They say they did that so he would stay in the National Crime Information System which allows different law enforcement authorities to continue tracking him.

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