Foul play suspected in missing person case

Published on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 23:37 - Written by Faith Harper fharper@tylerpaper.com

Foul play is suspected in a Jacksonville missing person case.

Randal Roberson, 28, was reported missing Jan. 21 when he failed to show up to a meeting in New Summerfield, said Jacksonville Police Department detective James Oden.

Roberson’s vehicle was found abandoned two days later on County Road 4223, north of New Summerfield, Oden said.

Roberson has not been found, and police suspect foul play.

“We have no reason to believe he’s alive,” Oden said. “(There’s been) no activity on his cell phone, nothing active on any if his stuff, and he has made no contact with any of his family members. Everyone we talked to said that is not normal for him. He hasn’t showed up to his job, and his vehicle was abandoned.”

Searches on foot and via helicopter have yet to turn up traces of Roberson.

Oden said the disappearance and possible death is believed to be drug-related, and police are exploring leads on the case generated through social media. Some of the information is second-hand, and one requires tracking down hard to find people, he said.

“We do have some good leads and do anticipate making substantial progress in the future,” he said.

Anyone with information on Roberson’s disappearance or death is asked to call the police department at 903-586-2546 and speak with Oden.