A local veteran missing for weeks has been found living in Texas, said Brent Trivette, a detective with the Surry County Sheriff’s Office.
Shawn Anthony Eubanks, 20, telephoned his father, Gary Carico, of Mount Airy, Thursday night, letting him know he was living and working in Amarillo, the detective said.
“He’s safe and sound,” said Trivette, who spoke with Eubanks to confirm his identity.
No one had seen or heard from Eubanks, a U.S. Army veteran of the war in Afghanistan, since July 13.
Trivette said Eubanks told him he had made it clear to his parents that they wouldn’t hear from him for a while.
Carico, who had filed a missing persons report on July 14, said his son had been depressed since returning home from deployment and had tried to kill himself before moving to Louisiana to find work.
According to Carico, his son had also disappeared for a few days while attending the Divers Institute of Technology in Seattle, Wash.
Eubanks last spoke with his mother on June 12. An ex-girlfriend thought he was headed to Alabama; a license plate reader clocked him headed west towards Texas.
After that, he seemingly vanished.
National Crime Information Center turned up nothing; parents and detectives were baffled — and concerned.
According to Trivette, the allegedly missing man had run out of money, had no phone, and tried to start over in Amarillo.
He got a job working for an HVAC company and called his father from a new number.
“He seemed like he was doing pretty good,” Trivette said.
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