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Jim Dale Rathbun
courtesy of Lincoln Co. Sheriff's Office

Public’s Help Sought in Finding Man Missing Since April

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating a man who was reported missing in late April 2023. He is 36-year-old Jim Dale Rathbun, who is listed as a homeless person.

On April 26, the Sheriff’s Office took a missing persons report regarding Mr. Rathbun. The reporting party told Deputies the last time Mr. Rathbun was seen was on April 14 at a residence on Old Lake Road in Lincolnton. He is known to frequent the Lincolnton area.

Mr. Rathbun is described as a white male, 5’9″ tall, weighing 130 pounds. He has blue eyes and brown hair. He has a number of tattoos, including a heart with the name of “Neveah” on his neck, an “N.C.” tattoo on his left arm, and other tattoos on his left hand, right arm, and left leg.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Jim Dale Rathbun 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.