Missing Statesville man's Jeep found more than year after disappearance

Missing Statesville man's Jeep found more than year after disappearance

STATESVILLE, N.C. — More than a year after a Statesville man disappeared, police have found something that has rebooted the desperate search.

Police said they found 53-year-old Marty Teague's Jeep Cherokee Friday morning on an abandoned piece of property on Sain Road, just outside Statesville.

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Teague disappeared last year on July 24 after leaving his house without his diabetes medications, his phone or wallet.

The Statesville Police Department, along with Iredell Search and Rescue, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Troutman Fire, are searching the area where his car was found.

His daughter Kansas Bonanno said she is relieved investigators finally found something, but she hopes this will lead to more answers.

"It's like something off of TV. I never ever thought this would happen to my family," Bonanno said. "My youngest Iris had just learned to sit up, and he was so proud because she was sitting up and I never thought that would be the last time I talked to him."

At the time of his disappearance, officials said officers searched his house and determined there was no foul play and no disturbance.

Bonanno said Teague dealt with depression and anxiety, but she doesn't think he would intentionally hurt himself.

"I'm realistic, but at the same time, we know now that he didn't just vanish. There's a piece. There's a next step of what happened," Bonanno said. "I wish I could take the pain away and I wish I could take the hurt away. My kids ask every single day where's Popo."

Teague is described as having gray hair with blue eyes and weighs about 220 pounds.

>> Reporter Briana Harper is with search teams and will have a full report on Eyewitness News at 5 p.m.

This is an ongoing investigation. Check back with wsoctv.com for more information.