Police find Texas man who went missing while visiting Asheville

Roderick Oneal
Roderick Oneal(Asheville Police Department)
Published: May. 10, 2022 at 10:44 AM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 11:12 AM EDT
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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Asheville Police Department said they have located the man from Texas who went missing while visiting Asheville.

Police said Roderick Oneal, 36, of Texas, was reported missing by his mother after he was last seen on Saturday, May 7. Roderick, who is mentally challenged, traveled with his mother from Texas to Asheville to attend a graduation in the area. They were staying in the 500 block of Bulldog Drive, where he was last seen.

Roderick was described as six foot one and 160 pounds with a tattoo on the back of his neck believed to say “Oneal Pride.” He was last seen wearing a gray hoodie, black wool hat, and blue pants.

We’re told Roderick’s mother was concerned for his welfare since she has not heard from him since Saturday. She said he didn’t have a phone, identification, money, nor resources to take care of himself. She also mentioned because of his mental health issues, he may not even respond to his real name.

Police said Roderick was found walking down Merrimon Avenue Wednesday morning.

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