Helicopter used in search for missing Winston-Salem Man

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wednesday marks 18 days since Curtis Porter was last seen and the Winston-Salem Police Department has called in the N.C. Highway Patrol Helicopter for help in searching for 49 year old Curtis Porter.  Sadly the aerial search didn’t turn up any new clues.

Porter wondered away from his assisted living facility in Winston-Salem on September 22nd and has not been seen since.

Lt. Rob Cozart with the Winston-Salem Police Department says the helicopter was the best hope in finding Porter after already using canine trackers, going door to door in nearby neighborhoods, and helping organize searches with family, friends and church members. 

“There is a lot of wooded areas, a lot of trails and paths that would be time consuming and virtually impossible to do on foot,” said Lt. Cozart.

Family members say 18 days of uncertainty has them asking lots of questions.

“The fear is of the unknown, that it would continue to be days that we know one way or another, that whether he will be returned to us with a pulse or are we going to receive just his body,” said Porter’s sister Robin Porter Pendleton.

With no clues turned up in the aerial search, Pendleton fears someone may have picked up her brother and taken him to a place he’s unfamiliar with. 

“He was excited about my upcoming wedding so that in itself for him not to be in place knowing I would expect him to be there at my wedding is enough to suggest something we can’t accept,” said Pendleton.

Curtis Porter is 49,  and has physical and mental handicaps. He was last seen near Old Greensboro Road with only his walker. His family says he had no money with him and does not have his medication. 

Porter is about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and weighs around 250 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700.