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Missing Lincoln man found safe in Charlotte

By Joe Marusak and Steve Lyttle
jmarusak@charlotteobserver.com

Lincoln County sheriff’s detectives on Wednesday found a missing Lincoln County man safe at the transportation center in uptown Charlotte.

Detectives went to Charlotte to view surveillance video at a McDonald’s restaurant where Glenn Ray Johnson’s credit/debit card was used Monday. Johnson, 42, had been missing since Oct. 3.

Detectives, operating on a tip, checked the area around the Charlotte Transportation Center and found Johnson. They returned him to his home on Eaker Road.

Johnson hadn’t been seen since he walked away from his home, telling family members he was walking to the Walmart in Cherryville.

Sheriff’s Detective Kelly Paris said Johnson arrived at the Walmart and called a taxi, which took him to the Greyhound bus station on West Trade Street in uptown Charlotte.

Johnson walks with a limp after several strokes left him partially paralyzed.

Paris said authorities believed Johnson ran out of money and might have stayed at a homeless shelter in Charlotte. But detectives also were concerned about his well-being, because his bank card had been used.

Detectives said they are seeking information on two “persons of interest” who used Johnson’s credit/debit card at ATM machines in Charlotte. Another person has Johnson’s cellphone, authorities said.

Bank surveillance video shows the card was used at least twice on Oct. 21, at 12:29 a.m. and 6:16 a.m., Lincoln County investigators said. The last attempted transaction occurred Monday at a McDonald’s. The card was denied twice before being approved for $3.83, authorities said.

The men described as persons of interest were operating a white extended cab pickup truck with a large toy on the dash.

The investigation is being turned over to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Lincoln County authorities said Wednesday.

Marusak: 704-358-5067; Twitter: @ jmarusak Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle
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