Family of missing Gastonia man speaks out

The family of a Gastonia man missing for more than a week now is speaking out. 

48-year-old Michael Griffith left his home on December 26 and has not been seen or heard from since.

Griffith's family says his disappearance is completely out of character and with no leads on his whereabouts, they’re beginning to fear the worst. 

"Of course we want him to be found safe and sound,” said Rhonda Griffith. “But I am concerned about an accident." 

An accident is just one of the many scenarios Griffith and her family have considered, since Michael's sudden disappearance. His wife, Sam, reported him missing to police from their apartment at the Ashley Arms Historic Apartment Homes in Gastonia on Sunday, December 27. Griffith says she immediately knew something was wrong. 

"What would be considered an early mark at just 12 hours, it was alarming to me because my brother is just not the type to disappear like that, with no explanation, no phone calls, no contact to family or friends,” said Griffith. 

Family and friends have since been posting up flyers, updating Facebook and searching the area around Michael's home for any sign of him or his red Jeep Wrangler. 

The family is still waiting on surveillance video from the complex parking lot, hoping it, if nothing else, will shed some light no where he went. 

“We're all trying to be supportive of each other and share ideas and come up with as many scenarios as we can,” Griffith said. 

In the meantime, she hopes someone out there will recognize him and help bring him home. 

"We want him back here as soon as we can get him back here,” she said. 

Michael is described as a white male, about 250 pounds, 5-foot-11 with blue eyes and brown hair, glasses, and probably wearing a t-shirt and jeans. He drives a red 2006 Jeep Wrangler with North Carolina tag number DFP4336.

Anyone who has information about Griffith's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Gaston County.