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Crack House Chronicles

Jul 25, 2022

In this episode of the Crack House Chronicles, Donnie interviews Ashley McCraw, daughter of Walter Vernon McCraw who was last seen by his parents on July 6, 2018 when they dropped him off at the Waffle House on 1808 E. Dixon Blvd. Shelby North Carolina.

An officer found Vernon sleeping in the grass with his leg in the road just down the street at the McDonald’s at 206 E. Dixon Blvd. on July 11. The officer confirmed Vernon left the area on foot. Later that day, someone turned in Vernon’s ID that was found near the old police department on Lafayette Street.

According to Lieutenant Jason Benfield of the Shelby Police Department, many people knew of him and would come to his aid when he needed it.

“A lot of people would see Vernon and see him in diabetic distress and call an ambulance because they knew he had health issues,” said Benfield.

According to the missing persons report, Kathy McCraw became concerned when her son did not show up to pick up his SSI check, which was not normal. She reached out to law enforcement Aug. 1, 2018.

“The reason we waited to do something is because Vernon has gone missing in the past,” said Bryan. “We didn’t know if he was off with some his buddies. We drove the streets looking for him about every day for an hour or so where he hung out at and nobody else saw him.”

The family said they have experienced unspeakable pain since Vernon has been missing. Vernon suffered frostbite a year prior to his disappearance and lost his toes. His limited mobility makes Bryan wonder what happened the day Vernon disappeared, considering he could not have gotten very far on his own.

“It’s been like hell,” said Bryan. “We don’t know what happened to him. He could not have went off on his own. If somebody can tell us where we can find Vernon, I would be glad to give them a reward.”

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Investigators are asking anyone with information to call 704-484-6845.

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