UPDATE: Searchers seek help finding man

Volunteers use sticks to poke through thick underbrush in search of Danny Atkins. (Deuce Niven photo)


By DEUCE NIVEN

SUNDAY UPDATE
    Law enforcement and volunteers searching for a missing Longs man are asking for help from those near where he was last seen.
    Anyone with property, storage buildings, barns, vehicles, or any other structure where Danny Atkins might have sought refuge on Tuesday, Jan. 20 or later is asked to look through that property, and to call law enforcement if the man is found, Lt. Greg Sibbett of the Tabor City Police Department.
    Atkins, 63, of Longs, was last seen about 9:30 a.m. near Food Lion and Forest Edge Apartments in Tabor City, a day after his disabled Toyota pick-up truck was pushed off the highway nearby.
    More than 100 volunteers aiding the Wilmington based CUE Center for Missing Persons searched the area on Saturday, on horseback, using four-wheelers, and with K-9 tracking assistance, without success, Sibbett said.
    A smaller group continued the search on Sunday, as CUE Center Director Monica Caison issued the call for help from the public, Sibbett said.
    Anyone who saw Atkins on Jan. 19 or 20, or since then, or with information regarding where he may have gone, is asked to call the Horry County Police Department at 843-248-1520, the Tabor City Police Department at 910-653-3149, 911, or their local law enforcement agency.

SATURDAY POST
    More than 100 volunteers aiding the CUE Center for Missing Persons massed in Tabor City Saturday, combing wooded areas and more in search of Danny Atkins.
    Atkins, 63, from Longs, was last known seen in Tabor City on Tuesday, Jan. 20. His Toyota pick-up truck was abandoned the day before in front of an auto shop at NC 904 and Complex Street, and he was seen walking the road shoulder at nearby Forest Edge and Forest Glenn apartments about 9:30 a.m. that Tuesday morning.
    First reported as missing on Thursday, Jan. 22, the search for Atkins picked up after the Horry County Police Department issued a news release and asked for a Silver Alert on Thursday of this week.
    Anyone who saw Atkins on Jan. 19 or 20, or since then, or with information regarding where he may have gone, is asked to call the Horry County Police Department at 843-248-1520, the Tabor City Police Department at 910-653-3149, 911, or their local law enforcement agency.
    Previous related stories are here and here.
    Look for more on this story, and additional photos from the search effort, in Wednesday’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.

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