Austin police are concerned that a 64-year-old man that was last seen Sept. 8 may be in danger.
Larry Turner was last seen in the late morning hours of Sept. 8 near Interstate 35 and Slaughter Lane. He was seen on surveillance video from the Circle K inside the Shell station.
Approximately 45 minutes later, he called his common-law wife Jerri Roberts, which has led to some concerns about his current condition.
"When Larry called Jerri, he indicated to her that an altercation was about to take place, and that phone call ended abruptly. There's been no phone activity with her since that point. Subsequent to that, his van was left in that parking lot for a few days-- several days," said Austin Police Detective JJ Schmidt.
Schmidt said there was a 3-day delay in the reporting of his disappearance, and police have received conflicting information during interviews. It's made their job tracking him down more difficult.
"These cases are difficult, because as an adult, when you want to leave- people leave for different reasons. Whether it's stresses in life, problems they may be having at home, whatever the case may be. So it's extremely difficult when you have a case involving a person who's a grown adult that just doesn't want to be found. So until the detectives determine that there's other factors that may create a risk, or indicate otherwise, we have to go down that checklist," said Schmidt.
Police have recovered Turner's van from the lot. Schmidt said he believes narcotics may be involved in the disappearance, but did not elaborate. Turner does have a criminal record dating to the 1970s, and has been arrested 14 times.
Turner was last seen wearing a straw cowboy hat, blue short sleeves shirt, blue jeans, and walking with a cane.
"I think at this point, we still believe he is in our immediate area," said Det. Schmidt.
Austin police stress they believe Turner is the victim in this case. They're working with the Texas Rangers and federal authorities in their search for Turner. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 512-472-TIPS (8477).