On Wednesday many residents and businesses in Watauga County received a Code Red call from the Boone Police Department in the ongoing search for James Martin Roberts. Roberts was last seen on Thursday, April 21, at approximately 12:30 PM near the intersection of Hardin Street and Rivers Street around the ASU Convocation Center.
Since that time Boone Police have repeatedly ask for the public's help in locating the missing Caldwell Community College student, but incoming leads have turned up empty. In the automated call that went out on Wednesday, police are asking home and business owners county wide to check any abandoned or empty buildings they may own for signs of occupancy, or allow your local law enforcement agency to check it for you if you are unavailable to do so.
In a press release the Department added “In the interests of being thorough, we would like to know that we have covered areas that an individual could have taken up residence in the absence of the property owner and remain otherwise unnoticed. If there are any signs of unauthorized entry or occupation, please contact the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900 or Crime Stoppers at 828-268-6959.”
Officials with Watauga County would like to remind residents that if you live in Watauga County and would like to receive emergency alerts from your local Emergency Services on your cell phone or email, go to http://www.wataugacounty.org/main/and follow the Code Red link at the bottom of the page. Only land lines are automatically added to the list.