Police search for Raleigh man last seen in May 2014 after threatening family

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Andrew Thomas Browne

Police officers in Raleigh and Wilmington are searching for Raleigh man who hasn’t been seen since threatening his family at gunpoint more than a year ago.

Andrew Thomas Browne, 24, was last seen in 2014 in Raleigh, but investigators believe he could have ties to the Wilmington area, according to Wilmington Police Department Spokeswoman Cathryn Lindsay.

According to Raleigh police records, the last sighting of Browne was in May 2014, when he reportedly threatened his family with a pistol and a semiautomatic rifle and fled to a wooded area near the family’s home.

According to Jim Sughrue, public information officer for the Raleigh Police Department, Raleigh police officers and a N.C. State Highway Patrol helicopter searched for Browne in the woods near Ridge Road, Lake Boone Trail and Horton Street, but he was never found.

Lindsay said Browne’s family asked the Wilmington Police Department to assist in the search for Browne. Raleigh Police Department’s missing persons case on Browne is still active, Sughrue said.

Browne is a white man who is 5-feet-8 inches tall and weighs about 130 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. Police didn’t have any information of what kind of vehicle Browne could possibly be driving.

Anyone with information about Browne or his whereabouts is asked to contact the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip. Raleigh Police Department’s tip line can be reached at (919) 834-HELP to provide information.