UPDATE: Missing Man Decided To Leave

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office believes a person reported as missing has decided to leave the area on his own free will.

The sheriff's office has been searching for 41 year-old Douglas Chad Crichton since Tuesday. Officials now say evidence indicates the Hubert man has chosen to establish residence out of North Carolina.

Investigators say Crichton used his ATM Card three different times on Sunday, January 10, 2010, at three separate locations. Crichton’s face showed clear at two of those locations. Investigators also say a local pawn dealer, whom Chrichton is friends with, told them Crichton sold a large amount of his work tools to him on Friday, January 8. When the pawn dealer asked Crichton why he was selling his tools, Crichton told him he was going out of state.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office will continue to pursue contact with Crichton. Officials say they're not asking Crichton to disclose his location but to call to verify his health and well being.


Authorities say an Onslow County man is missing under suspicious circumstances.

Deputies say Douglas Crichton of Hubert was last seen 3:30 p.m. Sunday after he went to a local convenience store. Authorities say his car was discovered Wednesday morning at the Jacksonville Bus Station. Investigators say the ATM machine at the Bank of America in the Northwoods shopping center and was used shortly after Crichton left his home Sunday afternoon.

On Monday Crichton's wife reported him missing. He was wearing blue baseball shorts, an olive green sweat shirt with a hood, and a teal and white Philadelphia Eagles cap.

He is 41 years old, 5'11", weighs 230 pounds, brown eyes, very short hair and a slight beard.

Crichton was driving a black 2004 Ford Focus, with the front bumper missing. Investigators believe that car was at the Northwoods Shopping Center Sunday evening.

Anyone with information on the missing man is urged to call the Onslow County Sheriff's Office at 910-455-3113.

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