The York County Sheriff’s Office needs help finding a Raleigh man after his vehicle was found crashed and unoccupied in Catawba. Their focus today is a ground search for Bankhead. Crews are on horseback, ATVs, and on foot looking through the woods off Pottery Road near Cureton Ferry Road in Catawba.
Deputies said the woods are likely filled with hunting areas and traps for wild animals. Officials are unaware of any reason why Bankhead would have come to Catawba in the first place. Bankhead, 61, was reported missing by his wife on June 10 at 9:45 p.m. His vehicle was found along Cureton Ferry Road in Catawba at 5:45 a.m. the next day.
Officials said the driver’s side door was open when the car was found. Since the vehicle was found, investigators have been calling local hospitals and hotels. They also sent out a reverse 911 call to neighbors who live within a mile radius of the crash to try and locate Bankhead.
Bankhead was last seen at his home in Raleigh wearing a purple polo shirt, light khaki pants, and brown shoes. He is 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has gray facial hair and wears glasses.
York County deputies began searching the area near Pottery Road off Cureton Ferry Road around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.