JOHNSTON COUNTY – Reward money continues to pile up for a missing man who jumped out of his car, ran away and hasn’t been seen since.
Gov. Roy Cooper announced recently that the state is offering $5,000 for information in a Johnston County missing persons case.
Rewards now total $15,000 for information as to the whereabouts of 22-year-old Christopher Cole Thomas.
Thomas has been missing since Nov. 25, 2016, when he bolted from his vehicle in Benson and ran away in the area of North Elm and East Morgan streets.
Thomas was reportedly traveling with two other men when he jumped from the car and disappeared. Thomas was involved in a drug deal before vanishing, according to search warrants.
Conflicting reports state he was either traveling from Wayne County back to Rochester, Minnesota, where he worked or was travelling to Florida where he lived after a job in Minnesota. A search warrant claims Thomas was in North Carolina to complete a “big drug deal.”
Thomas and the two men with him purchased methamphetamines and after the deal, Thomas became paranoid, drove erratically, stopped the car and ran off, according to a search warrant application for Thomas’ cell phone records.
Thomas is described as about 6 feet 1 inch tall and weighing about 230 pounds. He has light brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt and black jacket.
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Town of Benson Police Department at 919-894-2091, the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-779-8188 or toll free 800-334-3000 after business hours