Missing man believed to be with suspect in NC national forest manhunt, kidnapping possible, deputies say

Bryson left, and Stroupe in photographs from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office.

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (WSPA/WNCN) – The Henderson and Transylvania county sheriff’s offices are asking for help finding a missing Hendersonville man.

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He’s believed to be with the subject of a massive manhunt in the Pisgah National Forest of western North Carolina, and deputies say it could be a kidnapping.

Thomas A. Bryson, 68, was last seen leaving his home at 8:35 a.m. Wednesday.

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Authorities stopped short of saying for certain that Bryson has been abducted by Phillip Stroupe II, but they are treating the investigation as if that is possible.

Bryson is 5 feet 9 inches and approximately 175 pounds. He has a gray mustache and gray hair.

He was reported missing in the vicinity of South Mills River Road, which is near where authorities have been searching for Stroupe. At first deputies were looking for Stroupe in connection with a breaking-and-entering, but he then took a mountain bike at gunpoint as he fled, then blocked the rode with his vehicle and fled on the bike, authorities said.

He was last seen wearing a plaid, dark colored shirt, dark brown cargo shorts, tennis shoes and driving a silver Honda Ridgeline with a West Henderson Falcons tag on the front of the car.

If you have any information on Bryson’s whereabouts, please contact the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 697-4911.


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