Missing Lincoln County man returns home and is safe, deputies say

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office 

UPDATE 4/18: A missing Lincoln County man, Riley Ray Higgins, has returned home and is safe, deputies said. "Thanks to everyone who helped get the message out." 


The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a missing Lincolnton man. 

Riley Ray Higgins, 32, was last seen by his fiance around 7:30 a.m. Monday, April 15 as she was leaving for work. Higgins left his cell phone at the home and did not report for work at a business on Highway 150 west of Lincolnton, deputies said. 

Higgins is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall, weighing around 190 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He may be driving his purple 1999 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS with North Carolina plate number FJR-2862. 

Anyone with information on Higgins whereabouts is asked to call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office at 704-732-9050, the Lincoln County Communications Center at 704-735-8202 or the Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.