Man reported missing in Franklin County two weeks after authorities recover crashed vehicle

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Keith Bentford Perdue was last seen in Rocky Mount on Sunday, Feb. 2 and reported missing on Friday, Feb. 14. (Photo: Courtesy Franklin County Sheriff's Office)

Keith Bentford Perdue was last seen on Sunday, Feb. 2 and reported missing on Friday, Feb. 14. (Photo: Courtesy Franklin County Sheriff’s Office)

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Franklin County authorities are searching for a man who was last seen two weeks ago, the same day his empty vehicle was recovered in a car accident.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a 56-year-old white male named Keith Bentford Perdue was reported missing at 9:24 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 14 by a relative who had been unable to contact him for the past two weeks. Authorities conducted a welfare check at Perdue’s residence, but he was not home.

Authorities say that Perdue’s medical history includes certain health conditions that raise concern for his disappearance. Even though the current investigation does not point toward foul play, officials say that it is unusual for Perdue to be gone so long without contacting his family.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says that Perdue was last seen on Sunday, Feb. 2 at a Walmart in Rocky Mount, which was confirmed using the store’s video surveillance. Around 9:30 p.m. that same day, a passerby reported a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 block of Muddy Fork Road in Henry County.

Officials say that a passerby was leaving a Super Bowl party and found an unknown vehicle sitting in the road with its lights on. The passerby reportedly stopped and spoke with two white males in the car who said that a man had wrecked his car, but he was fine so they drove him home. When the men dropped the victim off, they said that he realized he had left his house keys in his car and the men drove him back to the site of the accident. However, authorities say the passerby did not see the men enter the victim’s car nor did they see the victim. As the passerby left the scene, they reportedly noticed the men pulling their vehicle into the victim’s driveway.

According to authorities, the officers who responded to the accident recovered a car that was registered to Perdue, but Perdue was not inside.

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Franklin County Department of Public Safety launched a search for Perdue in the Muddy Fork area. However, officials reported on Sunday, Feb. 16 that the search efforts were unsuccessful.

If you have any information about Perdue’s location or the two men who escorted Perdue back home on the night of Feb. 2, please call Lt. Nolen with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at (540) 483-6662.

Check back with WFXR News as this story develops.


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