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WPD persists in 4-day search for missing man

WILMINGTON — Wilmington Police Department is still searching for a 26-year-old man who went missing four days ago.

Jerry Wade Roylance was last seen Wednesday, Jan. 26. He has autism and is in need of medication, according to WPD.

Law enforcement has stepped up their search since learning of his disappearance, with multiple officers on the ground looking for him daily, primarily around River Road, South College Road, Monkey Junction and Myrtle Grove. Dive teams have checked local ponds, ATV units were deployed and the New Hanover County Sherriff’s Office bloodhounds conducted tracks.

Roylance is 6-feet tall, 170 pounds and has brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen in the 4600 block of Still Meadow Drive, wearing a dark hoodie and sweatpants and black and blue Brooks sneakers. He left the area on foot and may have been headed to Harris Teeter in Monkey Junction or the Shipyard/South College Road location, police say.

The CUE Center for Missing Persons has also assisted in the search.

Call 911 immediately if Roylance is spotted. Anyone with information can call 910-343-3609 or send a message to 847411 using the keyword WPDNC or through the Tip 411 app.

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Alexandria Sands
Alexandria Sands is a journalist covering New Hanover County and education. Before Port City Daily, she reported for the award-winning State Port Pilot in Southport. She graduated from UNC Charlotte and wrote for several Charlotte publications while there. When not writing, Williams is most likely in the gym, reading or spending time with her Golden Pyrenees. Reach her at or on Twitter @alexsands_

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