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The Raleigh Police Department’s response to New Bern Ave. near I-440 is linked to the missing Wendell man

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RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) — A portion of New Bern Avenue was closed for hours as part of a case Sunday afternoon and into the evening with a missing Wendell manRaleigh police said.

The incident on New Bern Avenue was reported as a “water rescue” around 4:50 p.m. in the eastbound lanes near Interstate 440, according to Raleigh police.

Two lanes of eastbound New Bern Avenue were closed in the area. The exit off I-440 was also closed near exit 13B.

Previously, several fire brigades, police officers and ambulances were on site. At least two Raleigh police officers were seen in the woods off the road.

Around 5:50 p.m., officers from the City-County Bureau of Identification were also at the scene

At 7:15 p.m., a tow truck was backed up into the woods and appeared to be attempting to tow a vehicle from the area. A larger flatbed truck was later moved to the same location.

Gregory Joseph Thomas, 30, from Wendell, was last seen leaving home to work in Raleigh on Thursday. However, Thomas never came to work.

On Thursday morning he called his family and told them he was driving through Knightdale.

Thomas drove a dark gray Honda Civic with North Carolina license plates PEH-1355.

NCDOT officials said the road was scheduled to reopen at 9:30 p.m

The area is on the north side of I-440 where Crabtree Creek does not pass under New Bern Avenue. It’s unclear why officials originally labeled the call a water rescue.

https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/water-rescue-call-closes-part-of-new-bern-ave-in-raleigh/ The Raleigh Police Department’s response to New Bern Ave. near I-440 is linked to the missing Wendell man

DUSTIN JONES

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