SAN AUGUSTINE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The San Augustine County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding a 53-year-old man who has been missing since Feb. 21.
"We have employed all traditional methods in trying to find this gentleman," said Gary Cunningham, the chief deputy for the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office. "At this point, we have no reason to suspect foul play. He has just vanished."
Cunningham said the missing person is Allen Ray McKinney, a San Augustine County resident. He said, initially McKinney's family members weren't overly concerned that he hadn't returned home. They thought he had gone off on some type of excursion without telling them.
As a result, the case was originally filed as an "overdue motorist." However, after a few days, it was changed to a missing person case.
Cunningham said, by all accounts, McKinney did not have any ongoing arguments with family members, friends, or co-workers. McKinney also doesn't have any physical or mental health issues that might have caused him to wander off, the chief deputy said.
"There's also no verifiable history of drug abuse," Cunningham said. "There's simply no explanation or plausible reason for his disappearance."
Within 48 hours of when he was last seen, McKinney used his cell phone at least once Cunningham said. The man also used his debit card to make small cash withdrawals in Lufkin and Splendora and to make a purchase in Dickinson, which is in Galveston County in that same time period.
McKinney is a white male, and he is 5-foot-10 and 260 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen driving a green 1999 Ford Explorer with the license plate CRG-0751
Anyone with any information on McKinney's whereabouts or anyone that might have talked to him in the 48-hour period after he was last seen is urged to call Cunningham or Deputy Mike Nichols at the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office at (936) 275-2424.