Missing teen may have connections in the area

BOONE, NC (WWAY) — The Boone Police Department is asking for help finding a missing 19-year-old who may have connections to the area.

Officials say James ‘Martin’ Roberts was last seen in Boone around the Appalachian State University campus on April 21. Roberts was a student at the university. A letter was found in his dorm room saying that he was leaving everyone behind, but did not specifically say he planned to hurt himself. Police and family members say they know from the letter that Roberts was experiencing some challenges in life and may have wanted to escape from his circumstances.

Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford said that since the investigation started, they have exhausted all available resources. Crawford said, “We have looked for signs of life such as financial transactions, social media use, and an extensive list of other investigative steps. We have also focused attention on the fact that he could be deceased. We have searched area lakes and many acres of wooded areas around where Martin lived and in the areas that he was known to have visited by Martin. After two months we still do not have any positive indicators as to his whereabouts.”

Roberts’s father, John Roberts said that the family is also at a loss. The Roberts family has worked closely with law enforcement throughout the case. Roberts said,  “We decided to try to put some attention on the coastal areas because Martin loves the beach. For the last 55 years our family has had a tradition of vacationing in the Ocean Isle Beach.”

Roberts is described as 5’10”, 145 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information about Roberts location, call police.



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