In many missing persons cases, the person actually wants to disappear. Sometimes they don’t even realize that friends and family know they are missing. In the case of a 63-year-old South Carolina resident, other elements appear to be at play.
Danny Atkins disappeared on January 20. He was last seen in Tabor City, NC, and was discovered missing by his brother Patrick – who had gone to Atkins’ apartment to take him to a doctor’s appointment.
Two days later when Atkins’ vehicle was found in Tabor City – disabled and parked. Tabor residents reportedly helped him push the vehicle to the side of the road, and Atkins was last seen walking along the road.
One important note in this case is that Atkins may have been suffering from some type of cognitive impairment, such as dementia. Authorities and his family believe that he may have been driving and got lost, suddenly not knowing where he was or how to get home.
Monica Caison of the CUE Center for Missing Persons said that people in Tabor City reportedly tried to help Atkins, and Atkins replied that someone was coming to help him. No family members say they were contacted.
No one has used Atkins’ credit cards since the disappearance. Calls to his cell phone go right to voicemail.
People in the area around Tabor City have been urged to look in outbuildings, such as barns and sheds, to see if Atkins had perhaps wandered into one of those locations.
When last seen, Atkins was wearing a brown jacket, a coral color shirt, blue jeans, and black tennis shoes. He is 5’ 9” tall and weighs 225 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, and is balding.
There is currently a $1,000 reward for information leading to Atkins.
Anyone with information can contact the Horry County Police Department at (843) 251-3637, the Tabor City Police Department at (910) 653-3140, or the CUE Center for Missing Persons at (910) 232-1687.
Hopefully, Atkins is safe and will be reunited with his family.