Authorities searching for Fayetteville man missing since Hurricane Matthew hit Saturday

Tarry Faircloth (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)
Tarry Faircloth (Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who went missing during the torrential rains Hurricane Matthew brought to Fayetteville.

Click for more images of Matthew and its aftermath
Click for more images of Matthew and its aftermath

Tarry Faircloth, 53, was watching a football game at a friend’s house on Boyce’s Landing Road on Saturday when the storm started and then decided to leave when the rain slowed around 7:30 p.m., his father Robert told authorities.

According to his father, Tarry told friends he was going to drive to his home on Maxwell Road by taking Interstate 95 south to N.C. Highway 24 because he believed that the backroads were flooded.


That was the last that anyone had heard from him.

Detectives with the sheriff’s office found that Faircloth had not been to work in several days and his cellphone was shut off and no one has been able to contact him.

Information from Faircloth’s cellphone carrier was obtained and the last PING was Saturday evening just before 8 p.m. from a cell tower at the intersection of Dunn Road and Murphy Road, authorities said.

Using the tower’s location, in conjunction with other leads, Capt. Parker, Deputy Operations Commander with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, directed the office’s dive team to search for a body near the 55 mile marker off I-95.

No body was found.

Anyone with information concerning the disappearance or whereabouts of Tarry Faircloth is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 323-1500.

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