Boone police release update on missing Kernersville teen

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James "Martin" Roberts

BOONE, N.C. — Boone Police Chief Dana Crawford provided an update on the search for missing Kernersville teen James “Martin” Roberts on Friday afternoon.

The investigation  began on April 21. Roberts, a college student at Caldwell Community College & Technical Institue, was last seen in Boone near the Appalachian State University campus.

A letter was found in his room indicating that he was leaving everyone behind but made no specific mention of harming himself. Boone police and Roberts’ family said that they know from the content of the letter that Martin was experiencing some challenges in life and may have wanted to escape from his circumstances.

Crawford said Friday, “We have looked for signs of life such as financial transactions, social media use and an extensive list of other investigative steps. We have also focused attention on the fact that he could be deceased. We have searched area lakes and many acres of wooded areas around where Martin lived and in areas that he was known to have visited by Martin. After two months we still do not have any positive indicators as to his whereabouts.”

According to the Friday update from Crawford, John Roberts, Marin Roberts’ father and the spokesperson for the family, said “We decided to try to put some attention on the coastal areas because Martin loves the beach. For the last 55 years, our family has had a tradition of vacationing in the Ocean Isle Beach.”

Anyone with information on Roberts’ whereabouts is asked to call Boone police at (828) 268-6900.

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