Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office News Release

Rest Home Resident Who Walked Away Still Missing After Almost Five Months


June 18, 2018


Lincolnton, NC – It’s been almost five months since Boger City Rest Home resident Richard Keith Perdue, 53, walked away from the facility and disappeared.

Perdue who was last seen leaving through a side door at the Boger City Rest Home on Little Valley Trail, Lincolnton, NC around 8:30 p.m. on January 22, 2018. He was not reported missing until two hours later by the rest home staff. Sheriff’s deputies searched the area but could not located Mr. Perdue.

On January 31, 2018 the Lincoln County Special Operations Land Search Team, Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies and detectives and a drone operator from the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office searched a 300-meter diameter around the Boger City Rest Home. The search included using the drone to show aerial views of locations that are difficult to access due to the terrain but that did not turn up anything. Perdue is a white male with black hair and blue eyes. He stands 5 feet – 5 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds. Perdue suffers from several medical conditions including autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia.

So far we have exhausted every lead that we have received in the case. Perdue does not have relatives in North Carolina and is not familiar with the area. Anyone with information about the missing man’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.

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