ASHBURN — The Ashburn Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating a missing Ashburn man.
On Aug. 18, a report of a missing person was filed with the APD. A relative said 57-year-old Richard Wood, a black male approximately 5'8" tall and approximately 175 pounds, has not been seen or heard from since Aug. 15. The relative said Wood is a diabetic.
According to the APD, Wood was traveling with a friend through Laurel County, Ky. During the early morning hours on Aug. 15, they pulled over to sleep at the Pilot Travel Center, located at 249 W. Cumberland Gap Parkway in Corbin, Ky. The friend awoke sometime between 3 and 4 a.m. to find that Wood was not in the vehicle. He checked the area, but Wood was nowhere to be found. He then made contact with law enforcement, who he noticed in the parking lot, and reported to them that Wood could not be found.
It was later found that Wood was arrested at 5:11 a.m. Aug. 15 by the Laurel County Sheriff's Office, 12 miles south of London, Ky. According to the LCSO Facebook page, Wood was arrested for criminal trespass in the third degree. It was reported that he was looking into the window of a residence and had been beating on the side of the residence as well. It further states when a deputy made contact with Wood, he told the deputy that he was in Sycamore, Ga.
Wood was released from the Laurel County Detention Center at 4:28 p.m. Aug. 15. No one has seen or heard from him since. The APD entered Wood as missing on NCIC via Turner County 911 on Aug. 18 when the report was made, and a Be On the Lookout was broadcast by Turner County 911 as well.
Since the report was made, the APD has also contacted law enforcement, hospitals and shelters in the surrounding area of Laurel County, Ky., concerning Wood. His family and friends have distributed flyers and posted them on Out The Box Cre8ives Facebook page.
The APD has not obtained any information regarding the whereabouts of Wood. The public is asked to contact the APD at 229-567-2323 with any information regarding Wood.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.