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SC investigators, Raleigh police continue search in Raleigh man's disappearance

Posted June 14, 2018 10:38 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:14 a.m. EDT

— Raleigh police and York County, S.C., investigators are asking for the public's help to find a missing North Carolina man after his vehicle was found in York County.

Martin Bankhead, 61, was last seen wearing a purple polo shirt, light khakis and brown shoes. He has some gray facial hair, wears glasses, stands about 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs around 180 lbs.

He was last seen at his home on Palm Bay Circle on June 10.

His family and neighbors in the Brier Creek community said they are deeply concerned.

“I was looking at the York County site to see what the update was but haven’t see anything,” neighbor Wendy Wierzbicki said.

York County Authorities launched a search for Bankhead this week, after his car was discovered, crashed, with its doors open in a remote area of Catawba, S.C.

Authorities don’t know why Bankhead's car was found in South Carolina more than 200 miles from his Raleigh home.

“If you’re not from around here, you can get lost easily,” an investigator said. “Somebody reported a coyote trap, snakes, you name it, it’s out here.”

More than 20 York County officers and investigators searched by air, on horseback, with K-9 units and on foot covering about a one-mile radius from where Bankhead's car was found.

“It’s important to us to help bring some closure to that family,” he said.

Bankhead's neighbors also hope his family can get some answers.

“You just don’t know what’s going on, our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” neighbor Mike Wierzbicki said.

Authorities said they have no reason to believe Bankhead's disappearance is suspicious, but it remains a mystery tonight.