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.

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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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  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2010 at 08:47 AM
    Leaving a life behind is better than doing something worse. I understand the stress level and i do not blame him for taking the higher road and getting out of a bad situation. We can all learn from Doug! Thank God he is safe and I wish him the best as he starts a new life!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 at 10:55 AM
    Hey Pete. There is nothing God foresaken about NC. Not so sure about the folks who move DOWN here. GO HOME. The road that brought you here from yankeeville will take you right back home. BYE BYE SUG.
  • by Ginnie Location: Beulaville on Jan 17, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    Yes Cactus, this is a free country, for a little while longer anyway. But I agree with Anonymous. If he wanted out,the get out but man up and let the wife and family know so they don't go through this kind of hell.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    What a YELLOW BELLY! Leave like a man! NOT LIKE A ROACH WHEN THE LIGHTS COME ON! If you were my husband I would be GLAD you were gone!
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Jan 17, 2010 at 04:49 AM
    Sounds like his wife drove him away.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 16, 2010 at 04:25 PM
    The last I checked this is still a free country, he may go where ever and when ever he likes. I assume from the comments that non of you have ever wanted to just throw in the towel and start over (takes guts). If wanting to start over is his desire, all power to him. As for those of you that are not willing to give him his freedom, I don't think he really cares.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 at 03:04 PM
    Pete, go join him.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 16, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    Anonymous someone sick of this GOD forsaken state.Good luck Chrichton.
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Jan 16, 2010 at 10:11 AM
    He is grown , he should be able to leave or stay or do whatever he wants, and inform whoever he chooses about his decisions.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 at 08:33 AM
    Uh yeah, more than that he needs to let his WIFE know that. Assuming this is what happened... What kind of a loser just leaves and doesn't tell their spouse what's going on?
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