Police and family search for missing Richmond man

By Laura Geller - bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – A distraught Richmond family is asking for the public's help, as they try to locate their missing loved one. Richmond Police have been searching for Ferdinand Nathaniel for nearly two weeks, but have come up empty. This case has left a family baffled. A man with a consistent schedule of work and family has for all intents and purposes, vanished. The only clue police have is his car, which was found abandoned on the Lee Bridge.

The family of this missing man is hopeful, but confused. Paulette Hairston says the last time anyone spoke with her stepfather was the morning of Saturday March 13.

"My mother said that it was fine. They didn't talk about anything out of the ordinary that particular day and he was letting her know that he was going out for a little while, which is his norm to do," Hairston said.

At 65, Ferdinand Nathaniel still keeps a time-consuming work schedule as a heavy machinery operator on construction sites.

The morning after the last time anyone saw Nathaniel, police found his black 2002 Chevy Impala pulled over on the side of the Lee Bridge, but Nathaniel was nowhere to be found.

"My stepfather loved his car," said Hairston. "And for him to not be in the car when it was found, it was like, what could have happened? You know, where is he?"

Police say there are no signs of foul play or anything suspicious. So, we asked the family the tough questions. They say there's no indication Nathaniel would do anything to hurt himself, he has no medical conditions and has never disappeared before.

"We have no answers. The police have no answers for us, so you just don't know what to think," she said.

Police say Nathaniel is 6'1" and weighs about 220lbs.

If you've seen him or have any information that could help solve the case call Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

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