Officials: Body of missing Craven County man has been found

New Bern

VANCEBORO, N.C. (WNCT) — The Craven County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the body of a Craven County man who went missing was found on Friday.

Charles Wesley Vandiford, 71, went missing on March 30. A Silver Alert was issued then for him. He was reportedly last seen at 5625 US Hwy. 17 N. in Vanceboro. Officials later said he likely took a cab from his residence in Vanceboro to the BridgePointe Hotel and Marina around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Maj. David McFadyen confirmed Vandiford’s body was found. He said it was located about three miles downstream from the location where it was believed he went missing.

At the time, the taxi cab driver provided a detailed statement and a clothing description when she dropped him off. Vandiford was last seen wearing a white crew-neck sweater, light blue baggy pants, loafer-type shoes and was walking with a cane.

Search crews had been combing the Neuse River for Vandiford. On Thursday, they found a shoe floating in the river they believed belonged to him.

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The search on the Neuse River for a missing 71-year-old man has been suspended due to bad weather coming to the area, officials said Wednesday.

A Silver Alert was issued Tuesday for Charles Wesley Vandiford, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Officials said after conducting interviews Wednesday that he likely took a cab from his residence in Vanceboro to the BridgePointe Hotel and Marina around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Before that, he was reportedly last seen at 5625 US Hwy. 17 N. in Vanceboro and could be headed towards downtown New Bern.

The taxi cab driver provided a detailed statement and provided a clothing description when she dropped him off. Vandiford was last seen wearing a white crew-neck sweater, light blue baggy pants, loafer-type shoes, and was walking with a cane.

He is 71, 6-foot-2, and 215 pounds with short gray hair and hazel eyes.

If you have seen him or have information, contact Investigator Dowdy with the Craven County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 633-2357.

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