BUENA VISTA, VA (WFXR News) – Buena Vista police say the wallet of a man missing since late May was found Sunday.
Police say Chad Austin’s wallet was found at the Panther Falls Trailhead, near a missing person poster for him. The wallet was located by a father and daughter duo visiting the area.
“So when they opened the wallet, they found identifying information in there that matched the missing person flyer, which prompted them to come make contact with us,” says Lt. J.W. Miller with the Buena Vista Police Department.
Lt. Miller believes someone may have placed the wallet there because of the condition in which it was found. For instance, the wallet was not weathered and did not appear as if it had been left outside in the elements for months.
“If it had been placed there, we would like to know who maybe originally located the wallet, where it was found, any information how that individual may have come into contact with the wallet if someone did, in fact, place it there,” says Lt. Miller.
“Anytime we have a new development in a case, you always get hopeful that it might bring it to a conclusion. That’s always the end game, to try to figure out what happened,” says Lt. Miller.
Austin’s family is offering a $4,000 reward for any information leading to his whereabouts. Lt. Miller says in the past week there was a $2,000 contribution which caused the reward amount to be upped to its current amount of $4,000.
“Currently, we have very little information to go on and that’s why we continue to ask for the public’s assistance,” says Lt. Miller.
Those wishing to contribute to the reward amount may do so through Carter Bank & Trust in Lexington. You can specify the donation is for the Chad Austin reward account.
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