Reward offered in case of missing NC man ‘in the event criminal activity involved’

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SPENCER, N.C. (WBTV) – Salisbury-Rowan CrimeStoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case of a missing man, “in the event criminal activity is involved.”

Rick Travis, 66, left his home in Spencer to go for a run on Monday, Feb. 11, just after 2:30 p.m. Other than a few fleeting frames of various surveillance camera video from spots near his home shortly after he left, he hasn’t been seen since.

Approximately 200 search and rescue workers from a total of 40 different agencies took part in the search effort. Along with the physical land search and door-to-door canvass, they used helicopters, drones, K-9s, ATVs and on Saturday, sonar to search in the water.

On Feb. 16, search teams formally turned the case over to Spencer Police Chief Mike James.

“The fact that they haven’t found him is very strange. It really is. It’s almost bizarre that they have found nothing of him,” said Jean McCoy, the wife of Rick Travis. “Thirty minutes. It would take him 30 minutes usually, and when an hour went by I said, ‘oh, he’s not back.’ I started looking for him. My neighbors saw me and they got out and started looking for him. Haven’t seen him since.”

McCoy visited the command center and staging location at least twice during the week, including a visit on Saturday to pass along her thanks at the efforts that were made to find her husband.

“And even though he was still having some cognitive issues, he still made us laugh, and we just need to get him home, one way or the other,” McCoy said.

WBTV spoke to McCoy on Tuesday.

“It’s important to get him back, to know what happened,” McCoy said. “That is, personally, I can accept whatever, I really can, and I can deal with it, but not knowing is worse than knowing.”

Anyone who sees Travis or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call 911, the Spencer Police Department at 704-633-3574, or visit the Crime Stoppers app at

A Silver Alert was issued for Travis, but it wasn’t posted on the electronic sign boards on the interstate. Jean McCoy said she was told that the alert isn’t posted on those signs unless the case involves a motor vehicle. McCoy hopes to change that requirement for future missing persons cases.

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