Press release from Asheville Police Department:
UPDATE, Wednesday, May 11:
An APD Patrol Officer located Roderick Oneal walking down Merrimon Ave. earlier this morning.
Tuesday, May 10: Asheville Police Department is requesting the public’s help in locating a missing person.
Roderick Oneal, 36, of Texas, was reported missing by his mother after he was last seen on Saturday. Roderick, who is mentally challenged, traveled with his mother from Texas to Asheville to attend a graduation in the area. They were staying in the 500 block of Bulldog Drive, and it was in that area that he was last seen on May 7.
Roderick is approximately 6′ 1″, 160 pounds, with a tattoo on the back of his neck believed to say “Oneal pride.” He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, black wool hat, and blue pants.
His mother is concerned for his welfare since she has not heard from him since Saturday. She says he has no phone, identification, money nor resources to take care of himself. She also says because of his mental health issues, he may not even respond to his real name.
If anyone has information about his whereabouts, please contact the Asheville Police Department with an anonymous tip using the TIP2APD smartphone application (search “Asheville PD” in your app store) or by texting TIP2APD to 847411. You can also contact APD at 828-252-1110.