Friday, August 12, 2022

Update: Brunswick County man who left possible suicide note on Facebook is safe

Torrence O'Neal Helms Jr. was last seen Wednesday morning. Wednesday evening he posted on Facebook, referencing a struggle with addiction and saying "goodbye everyone."

Torrence O'Neal Helms Jr, 30, was last seen on Wednesday morning. The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help to find him. (Port City Daily photo | Courtesy Brunswick County Sheriff's Office)
Torrence O’Neal Helms Jr, 30, was last seen on Wednesday morning. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find him. (Port City Daily photo | Courtesy Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office)

CALABASH–The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a Holden Beach man who went missing on Wednesday.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Torrence O’Neal Helms Jr., 30, was last seen around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13 on Riverview Drive in Calabash.

Helms is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, weighing about 170 pounds with a slim build. He was wearing jean shorts and a white t-shirt. According to the Sheriff’s Office, he was seen driving a grey 2009 Acura TSX with plate EKR-7618.

On Wednesday evening, around 9 p.m., Helms posted a possible suicide warning to Facebook, referencing a struggle with addiction.

“Well guys it’s been real it’s been fun at times but I got to face reality I’m never going to be truly rid of the scars my past and addiction has left on me I do not want to live like this anymore and I don’t think I will goodbye everyone,” Helms wrote.

Torrence Helms posted this message to Facebook over 12 hours after he was last seen. He did not respond to any of the comments to his post. (Port City Daily photo | Courtesy Facebook)
Torrence Helms posted this message to Facebook over 12 hours after he was last seen. He did not respond to any of the comments to his post. (Port City Daily photo | Courtesy Facebook)

Numerous people commented on this post, offering support, but as of Thursday morning Helms had not responded.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Kip Hester at 910-713-8360‬.

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