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." 

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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.