Franklin County Sheriff’s Office asking for help finding man missing for more than two weeks

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FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR News) – Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help finding a man who’s been missing for more than two weeks.

Deputies say 54-year-old Keith Perdue was last seen in the Rocky Mount area earlier this month and then reportedly got into a crash.

Investigators believe two men gave Perdue a ride home after the crash. Now, they are looking for those men to see if they have any helpful information.

Keith Perdue was last seen on February 2nd at this Walmart in Rocky Mount. Investigators confirmed it with store surveillance.

Deputies believe Perdue crashed his car along a curve in the 1000 block of Muddy Fork Road and two men in an unknown car gave him a ride home, but when he got home, he’d left his keys in his car so the men took him back.

“This is very suspicious. Very, very suspicious. He’s never been gone this long,” said Wayne Stanley. Who’s lived next to Perdue for about 12 years.

A witness says they saw two men near that wrecked car and asked what happened. The witness also says they never saw Perdue, nor did they see the men go get the keys from his car.

The two men told the witness that Perdue was fine, according to deputies. The crash was reported and deputies say they recovered his vehicle but Perdue was not in it.

Deputies say Perdue has a history of health conditions that are a cause of concern for his disappearance. There is currently no evidence indicating foul play, however, it is very unusual for Mr. Perdue to be gone this long without contacting his family, according to the sheriff’s office.

“He does have some health issues where he has to take medication and if he doesn’t take his medication he’ll get disoriented and not really know where he’s at or what he’s talking about,” Stanley said.

Stanley says he’s been watching Perdue’s home and hasn’t seen any traffic in or out of it. But he has seen the county search and rescue team out this past weekend looking for Perdue.

“I believe they searched about a one-mile radius from the house, all through the house, up and down the roads, near the crash scene, but they never found anything. They never found him,” Stanley said.

Stanley says he’s even hit the streets himself to search for his neighbor.

“Cause I’m sure it was dark that night and I feel like maybe somebody might have hit him and maybe knocked him over in a ditch or something like that. And we’ve road up and down the ditches and we haven’t seen anything. No sign of anything.”

Deputies say the witness who saw the two men didn’t have a description of them other than they were two white men. They also didn’t get a good look at the car.

Anyone with any information about this is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.


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