Belmont man still missing, one week later

A Belmont man has been missing for more than a week and his family says they’re no closer to finding out what happened to him.

Andy Tench, 31, was last seen March 24 while going out to celebrate his birthday, said his sister, Natasha Newman.

Union County law enforcement first found his 2010 Hyundai Electra on March 25 around 10:30 p.m. on U.S. 74 near Bonanza Road in the Monroe area. The car was spotted again around 3 a.m. March 26 on U.S. 74 near Gray Fox Road, also in the Monroe area. It was empty, but its hazard lights were on. The driver’s seat was pushed all the way back and there were two receipts in the car, but his phone, keys and wallet were not there, Newman said.

Newman said police were working to obtain phone and financial records that could shed light on Tench’s disappearance.

“But as far as the results of all of this, I haven’t heard anything from the detective,” she said. “It’s very strange…I guess we’re holding on as best we can. We just really want the answers, and someone has those answers.”

Tench is a 2012 graduate of Forestview High School. He and Newman grew up in Gaston County, but Tench recently returned to Gaston County from Colorado, where he had lived about seven years after leaving the state of North Carolina. Tench works part-time at a nursing facility and was supposed to start working full-time at the facility on March 26, but he never showed up for work.

Tench’s family is asking anyone who sees him to call them at 704-589-5896 or 704-674-8879.

This article was originally published in The Gaston Gazette: Belmont man still missing, one week later

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