UNION COUNTY — Authorities have learned that a missing Buffalo man was last seen in a convenience store in Spartanburg Wednesday morning.
In a statement released this morning, the Union County Sheriff’s Office announced that investigators are still searching for answers in the disappearance of Toney Ray Wood, 49, 923 Main Street, Buffalo.
While the search for Wood is continuing, the press release states that investigators have been able to verify that Wood was seen in the early evening hours of Tuesday at the Outback Steakhouse in Spartanburg. The press states that Wood’s last known location was a Dollar General on East Main Street in Spartanburg. It states that video footage from the store’s security camera shows Wood entering the store on Wednesday at 9:02 a.m.
Since that time, however, the press release states investigators have been unable to find any new information or leads on Wood’s whereabouts.
Wood was reported missing by family members after he did not report to work Wednesday morning.
According to the incident report filed with the Sheriff’s Office, a member of Wood’s family contacted dispatch Wednesday morning to report he was missing from his home. The report states Wood’s mother told deputies she’d last spoken to Wood by telephone around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and all was normal. It states that Wood’s mother lives next door to him and that she’d looked out before she went to bed around midnight and noticed his vehicle was at home.
The report states Wood’s family said he was a manager and never missed work and that he was to be at Subway Wednesday morning at 6 a.m. It states that Wood never showed up for work and his car, a gray 2006 Saturn Ion, tag number LIR-783, was gone from his residence.
The report states Wood’s mother went over to his residence and noticed his telephone, ring, and work clothes were laid out and his bed was still made. It states that his family said Wood would never leave without his ring or his phone.
The report states Wood’s mother and other family members had made contact with everyone they knew who would have known where he was and where he had been. It states they feel something is wrong.
The statement released by the Sheriff’s Office states that in the course of their investigation into Wood’s disappearance, investigators have questioned both family members and known associates, none of whom have seen or heard from Wood.
The press release states Wood is believed to be traveling in his gray 2006 Saturn Ion.
As part of the search for Wood a BOLO has been been given out in Union County and surrounding counties and that information on Wood and his vehicle had been entered into the NCIC.
This morning’s press release states that, at the present time, the Sheriff’s Office has no reason to suspect foul play in Wood’s disappearance, but cannot rule it out.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Wood or anyone with any information is asked to call the Union County Sheriff’s Office at 864-429-1612.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.