Billboards seek tips in Christopher Douthat disappearance

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ROANOKE, Va (WFXR NEWS) New billboards could help Virginia State Police figure out what happened to a man reported missing nearly six years ago. The billboards are in Roanoke and Franklin Counties.

“We are trying some different avenues to try and get our message out,” said Special Agent Douglas Hubert.

The billboards seek information in the disappearance of Christopher Douthat.

“At this point we are putting a lot of resources into the missing persons case. We have three investigators that are full time on this case, for the most part and we are putting other resources that we don’t typically put on other cases into this case. We find this to be a serious and substantial case that we need to resolve,” said Special Agent Hubert.

Douthat went missing on October 25, 2013. Virginia State Police have been working the case for 18 months.

“We have moved quite forward in 18 months to the point where we have some persons that we are interested in and more people that we need to talk with, ” said Special Agent Hubert.

This is not the first time billboards have been used in a case, but WFXR News was told it is not common.

The goal is to reach people who wouldn’t otherwise know about the case.

Anyone with information on the Christopher Douthat missing persons case is asked to call 540-375-9589

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