Akridge, approximately 2015
Date reported missing : 03/28/2015
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 52 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black t-shirt with a wrestling logo on the front, blue jeans, black or blue shoes and a straw hat.
Medical conditions : Akridge is mildly mentally disabled and reads at a third-grade level. He takes prescription medication for a his heart condition, and doesn't have his medicine with him.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Akridge's nickname is Joe.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Akridge was last seen in Columbus, Georgia on March 28, 2015. He left his home in the 5800 block of Valleybrook Road to walk to the dollar store in the area of Buena Vista Road and Amber Drive. He never returned and has never been heard from again.
Akridge went to the dollar store by himself on a daily basis, but he was always home by the end of the day. His case remains unsolved.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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