More details released about Kernersville man reported missing in Boone

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James Martin Roberts (Photos provided by Boone police)
James Martin Roberts (Photos provided by Boone police)

BOONE, N.C. — Police have released more details about a 19-year-old Kernersville man who was last seen Thursday on the campus of Appalachian State University.

James Martin Roberts was last seen Thursday, April 21, at about 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of Hardin Street and Rivers Street around the ASU Convocation Center.

Boone police said there was a possible sighting of Roberts in the Trout Lake area of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but he was not found.

Roberts is described as a white 19-year-old man, standing 5’10” and weighing about 145 pounds.

He has brown hair and blue eyes and was last seen wearing a black, short sleeve, Appalachian State windbreaker, khaki shorts, gray new balance shoes and a white golf visor hat.

Roberts is from Kernersville and currently lives in Boone. He attends Caldwell Community College, according to police.

Boone police said he has a large family that loves and supports him and are awaiting his safe return.

Roberts enjoys hiking, camping and spending time on the trails in around the Blue Ridge Parkway, according to police.

Anyone with any information on Roberts’ whereabouts can call Boone police at (828) 268-6900, High Country Crime Stoppers at (828) 268-6959, (828) 737-0125 or 911.

Police are requesting anyone with any information on his favorite hangouts, recent whereabouts leading up to his disappearance or people he might have been with to come forward.

The Boone Police Department provided the following message in a prepared statement to the media:

To Martin – “If you see this, please come home or contact us. We love you”. – Mom and Dad

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