UPDATE: The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has located Richard Wayne Abernathy. He was found at 10 p.m. in Lexington, 74 miles away, and family members were in route to pick him up.
According to the sheriff’s office, 78-year-old Richard Wayne Abernathy was last seen at noon Thursday at his residence on Cinnabar Lane, just off N.C. 27. He was reportedly last seen wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt, brown shorts, a brown hat and sneakers. Abernathy is 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs 177 pounds with balding hair and brown eyes. He has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
Abernathy left the residence in a white 2000 Chevrolet work truck with “Abernathy Plumbing” printed on the side, the sheriff’s office said, with license plate No. DM-4666. He was reportedly heading to the Hardee’s in Stanley.
Anyone with information on Abernathy’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909 or 911.