Michael Graham’s family was convinced he’d been kidnapped. The police, however, had a different perspective.
As KWWL News reports, the Iowa father of four disappeared Monday morning while in the parking lot near his workplace. The 37-year-old man from Coralville, Iowa had started working as an agent for Farm Bureau Financial Services only two months ago.Screenshot/KWWL News
Michael was near his office in North Liberty, Iowa, when he went missing. Texts sent to his family indicated Michael had been tied up and locked in the trunk of his car. When police tracked Michael’s location via his cellphone, they were led to an intersection in a town almost 50 miles away.
After that, the trail went cold, suggesting Michael’s phone had been turned off. His worried wife, Jill, shared a photo of Michael on Facebook, asking the public to help locate her missing husband.
But despite the dramatic story of Michael’s disappearance, North Liberty Police firmly stated that they did not suspect foul play. According to the Iowa Press-Citizen, a statement from the police emphasized:
“The circumstances of his disappearance cannot be confirmed.”
Another business near where Michael disappeared told KWWL there have never been any strange incidents involved with that parking lot, nor did they notice anything unusual on the day Michael disappeared.
On Wednesday morning, Michael and his car were found at a hotel in Omaha, Nebraska, about 250 miles from where he disappeared. Omaha police took Michael into custody in order to check on his “physical and mental well-being.”
Authorities in North Liberty say they are waiting until Michael is done speaking to Omaha police to get his account of what happened. They add that they are grateful to the public for helping to locate the missing dad.
North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga told the Press-Citizen how relieved they were that Michael is now safe:
“I know his family is just elated that he’s been located.”
According to the Press-Citizen, Jill updated her Facebook post about her missing husband soon after he was found. Though the post has now been removed, she wrote:
“I can’t even begin to thank you all enough for your kindness, love, and support through all this. Praise the Lord, I’m bringing my husband home!”