Missing Carteret County man found safe

CARTERET COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – The man who was the subject of a statewide Silver Alert on Wednesday has been found safe.

Carteret County deputies say 74-year-old Theodore Austin has been located is now with his family.

A Silver Alert has been issued for a man who has been reported missing from Carteret County.

Deputies in Carteret County say they are searching for 74-year-old Theodore Austin who they said left his home around 7 p.m. Tuesday telling his family that he was going to visit a friend.

Deputies say he did not tell his family where the friend lived.

Deputies say that Austin stopped at an L&L Food Store on Hathaway Street in Battleboro which is in northern Nash County at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. Witnesses at the store say that he was asking for directions back to his home and that he said his phone had died.

Witnesses at the store said that Austin left the store and headed north on Hwy 301 toward Virginia.

Austin is driving a 2007 Burgundy Jeep Renegade, NC license plate PLP2294.

Anyone with information on Austin’s whereabouts is asked to please call 252-726-1911.