RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A Farmville man who went missing earlier this month has been located.
Derrick Gray was supposed to board a bus from Richmond to New Jersey, but police say although he purchased a ticket, he never got on the bus.
It was believed Gray never left Richmond, but authorities made contact with him June 18 in New York.
During the search, his family expressed concerned for his safety.
“We just want to know he’s OK. That’s all we want to know,” his mother Lottie Gray said.
It's hard to keep your composure when the puzzle makes no sense.
“At least call, just let the mother know, let his sister know and some of the family know at least that he’s alright and not in the water somewhere or someone’s done something to him. At least, just let us know," she added fighting tears.
His family dropped him off at the bus stop at Broad and Arthur Ashe Boulevard to catch what many people refer to as the “China Bus.” That was Saturday morning, June 1. Derrick was going to New Jersey where he’s originally from. He still has some relatives there, and it was supposed to be a quick trip there and back.
“He never left Richmond,” said Detective A. Sleem.
She believe he never boarded the bus.
“I’ve pulled video from just about every place that I can think to pull video that would have some type of coverage in the area of Boulevard and Broad...I’m trying to follow his movements because that’s all I have to go on right now,” she said.
Investigators spotted him walking east on Broad near CVS towards the McDonald’s around 11 a.m., about 30 minutes before the bus was set to leave Richmond.
“I called him the same day Saturday, asked him had he gotten there. No answer. Called him Sunday. No answer,” his sister Linda Miles said.
And that isn’t like Derrick, a family man who checks in with his loved ones everyday.
“He didn’t call to say he had made it there. He didn’t call me on my birthday and he never misses my birthday. Birthdays, Mother’s Day, he never misses, never," his mother said.
He is described as a black male, 6-foot-4 and weighs 280 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt under a black vest, with a large red and white diamond pattern on the front, blue jean shorts, a white or light-colored ball cap and a single-strap sling-type backpack.
Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective W. Skinner at (804) 212-5686 or Major Crimes Detective A. Sleem at (804) 814-7123 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.
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