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Loved ones hold vigil for missing 71-year-old Durham man

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Those close to Kent Hinkson prayed at the vigil for his safety. Those close to Kent Hinkson prayed at the vigil for his safety.
DURHAM, N.C. -

Those close to a Durham man missing more than four days gathered Friday to pray for his safe return.

More than a hundred people gathered for 71-year-old Kent Hinkson at Vintage Church on Garrett Road.

“This is life at its best and worst,” said Kent Hinkson's son-in-law Bob Bethel. “Just from a mystery standpoint, not knowing.”

Family members last saw Kent Hinkson Monday around 3 p.m. at his home. He made a deposit at the Wells Fargo Bank in the Woodcroft Shopping Center on Hope Valley Road shortly after and also purchased something at a Rite Aid.

Family members said police have surveillance photos from both the bank and Ride Aid that confirmed Hinkson was at those locations.

“All you can base reality on is the facts and the facts are out there in the news and that's all we can really go by,” said family friend Kevin Anselmo.

Hinkson's family thought they had a promising lead when they pinged Kent's cellphone, showing it was in the Duke University area. But a short time later, they tried again without any result.

Police found his car Wednesday at an apartment complex on Williamsburg Road in Durham.

“I hope tonight we can turn our fear and our anxiety and our bewilderment into prayer,” said Rev. Thomas Kortus of All Saints Church.

Those close to Kent Hinkson prayed at the vigil for his safety.

A search party is planned for Saturday morning at the Woodcroft Shopping Center in Durham.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Investigator M. Richards at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29335 or the main police desk at (919) 560-4427.

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