By Rachel Dove
HARDY, Ky. - A Pike County man who has been missing since March 4 is the subject of a search by police, family and friends, and they are now requesting the public’s assistance to aid in their efforts to locate and bring him home.
Gary Runyon, 36, of Hardy, suffers from mental issues and is on medication that he desperately needs to take, according to his mother, Della Auvil. He is well known in the community, having gained recognition from the many trips he has made along State Road 319 from his home near Hardy Mountain, through the neighborhood of Toler, and along U.S. Highway 119 toward South Williamson. Runyon typically wears black-colored clothing that includes a hoodie that covers his head, and is hardly ever seen without a backpack and a skateboard in hand.
Auvil has spoken with the media about her missing son and said that he has never been gone for an extended period of time before. She said he always returns home at night. She had received tips that he may have been spotted in Charleston and Huntington, as well as in South Point, Ohio, but her husband traveled to all those places and conducted a search but did not have any luck in locating him.
Anyone who has information regarding Runyon’s whereabouts since March 4 is asked to contact his mother at 606-353-8100, or the Pikeville Post of the Kentucky State Police at 606-433-7711.
“I just want him home where he belongs,” she said. “I love my son very much and I am worried to death about him.”