Police: Foul play suspected after NC man disappears, car found burned

Arzell Tuttle, King Police Department 

The King Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating a missing 86-year-old man whose car was found on fire in Winston-Salem. Authorities said Arzell Tuttle may be in danger. A Silver Alert was issued shortly before 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. 

According to King Police, emergency responders in Forsyth County were called to a suspicious fire on Kentucky Avenue in Winston-Salem on Friday. Those at the scene found a vehicle on fire with nobody inside. Communications contacted a family member of the vehicle’s owner to help find the registered owner. The family member was unable to locate Tuttle, who lives in King, police said. 

Authorities then went to Tuttle’s home in the 700 block of East King Street and found “suspicious circumstances leading them to believe that the missing man was likely assaulted and kidnapped or possibly worse,” police said. 

Tuttle is described as an 86-year-old while male, 5-feet-9 inches tall, weighing about 100 pounds. He has balding gray hair and gray eyes, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.