Rutherfordton man missing
RUTHERFORDTON — Rutherford County citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Roy Dywayne Edge, a 51-year-old Caucasian male who was last seen in Rutherfordton Tuesday.
Early Wednesday morning, the North Carolina Center for Missing Persons issued a Silver Alert for Edge, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment.
"In speaking with some family members, he's had a history of similar behavior of disappearing for several days or up to a week," said Rutherfordton Police Chief Kevin Lovelace, on Wednesday. "They indicated that he is very capable of surviving in the wilderness on his own. Although this is not a heavy wilderness area, there are some wooded areas in the vicinity."
Edge, also known as "Chip," has long brown hair and green eyes, is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 175 pounds and walks with a slight limp.
He was last seen at 131 North Hillside Street in Rutherfordton, dressed in a white and gray tank top shirt, camouflage overalls and black boots.
Wednesday afternoon Lovelace met with emergency management officials to discuss searching parts of the area where Edge was last seen in Rutherfordton.
"We have no indications to suggest foul play at this time — there's nothing pointing to that but you never rule that out totally," Lovelace said. "Especially with his medical issues, it may be a concern if he ends up getting somewhere where there is no help available."
Anyone with information about Edge should call the Rutherfordton Police Department at 828-286-2911.