It was early Monday morning, and Michael Graham was in the parking lot near his office. Then the father of four vanished.
As KCRG News reports, Graham went missing near his workplace in North Liberty, Iowa. The texts he sent that day made it clear to his loved ones that he hadn’t chosen to disappear.
According to the North Liberty Police Department, Michael’s family received text messages from him that morning. In the texts, Michael explained that he had been tied up and forced into the trunk of his car.
By pinging Michael’s cell phone, police were able to track his last known location to an intersection near Keota, Iowa, approximately 50 miles away. After that “ping” (at about 1:15 pm on Monday), Michael disappeared completely. Authorities suspect his cell phone was shut off.
Desperate to find her husband, Michael’s wife, Jill Graham, shared his photo on Facebook along with his description:
He’s 37 years old, 5’7″, weighs approximately 160lbs, has brown hair (shaved) and brown eyes.
Because Michael’s car — a black 2016 Volkswagen Jetta, license plate ELL-592 — is also missing, authorities believe he may be with the car.
Jill filed a missing persons report and has asked for the public’s help in finding him. She wrote that the strange details of her husband’s disappearance have led some to question her story:
I understand that some people may be skeptical of this post being truthful. Unfortunately this nightmare is actually happening.
Jill’s post has been shared thousands of times and many commenters sent prayers to the worried family. Jill wrote:
Please, please share this information. He has four children and a wife who are beyond eager to have him home with us.
Anyone with information about Michael Graham’s disappearance or whereabouts has been asked to contact their local police or call the Johnson County Joint Emergency Communications Center at 319-356-6800.