Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen. He is 17-year-old Johnathan Keith Merchant.
He was reported missing Monday (August 23) from a residence on the 4300 block of Otto Reynolds Road in Crouse. Mr. Merchant was last seen by his mother on August 13 when she dropped him off at a friend’s residence for a week-long trip to the beach. When they returned home from the beach, Mr. Merchant did not want to go home and was dropped off at a convenience store in Lincolnton. The mother was told Merchant left the convenience store in a black car.
The missing teen is described as a white male, 5’8″ tall, weighing 170 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Johnathan Keith Merchant should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 704-732-9050, Lincoln County Communications at 704-735-8202, or Lincolnton/Lincoln County Crime Stoppers at 704-736-8909.