Missing Raleigh man’s SUV located in Danville, Virginia; FBI assisting

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Family and friends of a missing Raleigh man continue their desperate search to find him.

Andy Banks (Provided to CBS 17)

William “Andy” Banks, 39, was last seen Saturday around 2 p.m. near Cameron Village, according to Raleigh police.

“I know him better than anybody on this planet and he knows me better than anyone on this planet. We are all obviously very distraught over this,” said Andy Banks’ younger brother Mark.

Sources tell CBS 17 police found Andy Banks’ phone.

A Danville, Virginia resident who asked us not to use his name says he was on the way to a park when he saw lots of officers.  

“They had it roped off and everything. A lot of people standing around but the police wouldn’t let anybody back there,” he said. 

Later, he says he saw investigators looking at a vehicle.  

“It must’ve been a Range Rover involved that was behind a church on Hughes Street,” he said.  

Police have not confirmed exactly where they found the vehicle.

Friends of Andy Banks said they were continuing to search for him and his car on their own Monday.

Mark Banks said he began to worry after not hearing from his brother for an extended period of time.

“It is absolutely out of the ordinary for him not to respond to text messages. He is on his phone all the time,” he said.

According to friends, Andy Banks was meeting someone in the K&W Cafeteria parking lot at Cameron Village about selling his 2011 Silver Range Rover Sport.

The restaurant is closed and nearby businesses say their cameras point away from the parking lot.

Mark Banks said his brother has lived in Raleigh for more than a decade and went to North Carolina State University.

Dede Smith, Andy Banks’ older sister, describes him as outgoing and up for any adventure – saying he loves life, his family, and friends.

“He has an optimistic, giving spirit and always sees the brighter side of life. He’s always willing to lend a helping hand. We love you,” said Smith.

Police in Danville, Virginia said they are assisting Raleigh Police in the investigation into Andy Banks’ disappearance.

A Danville police spokesperson said they have followed up on leads provided by RPD, but so far have not found Andy Banks.

A 911 call was released Monday afternoon and said that after Banks planned to sell his Range Rover he planned to walk to the corner of St. Mary’s Street and Wade Avenue where his newer car, a BMW, was parked.

The 911 call, placed Saturday just before 8 p.m., said that Banks ” would never go 6 or 7 hours without responding to me.”

The caller said that Banks last checked his cellphone at 1:42 p.m. Saturday.

Since CBS 17’s Colleen Quigley spoke with Danville police earlier Monday, Andy Banks’ Range Rover was found in Danville, according to RPD.

The FBI confirmed to CBS 17 on Monday that agents are providing technical assistance to Raleigh police.

Andy Banks’ family is asking anyone who may have seen something to call police.

“I would ask them not to post things on social media because we don’t need to complicate the problems with civilians. We want to let police do thier job,” said Banks.

Banks stands about 6 feet tall. He was last seen wearing blue Patagonia shorts, a grey shirt with a picture of a mountain on the front and flip flops.

Anyone with information that might assist detectives is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at (919) 834-HELP or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org for text and email reporting options.

CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.

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