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Security video to be reviewed in missing man case


Sheriff’s detectives are studying video from businesses near the location where the car of a missing Proctorville man was found two weeks ago.

Alan Lawson, 41, was reported missing by his wife, Paula, on April 30. He was last seen two days earlier when he left his home to check on rental property in Ironton.

On May 3, Lawson’s 1999 Ford Taurus was found in the 1900 block of James River Road in Huntington, W.Va. It was on the parking lot of a baseball field, a site across the Ohio River from Burlington.

“The videos are from a couple of businesses where the car was left parked,” Sheriff Jeff Lawless said. “We want to track the movement to see if we can obtain who parked it in the area. We’re not sure if the video has captured any of that.”

The car was located by Huntington Police and searched by Lawrence County Sheriff’s detectives. At that time Lawless said there were no signs of foul play found in the car.

The last known contact with Lawson was by a woman who had telephoned him about a car she was interested in. The two were to meet at the parking lot of the South Point Food Fair. Lawson never showed up for the appointment, according to Lawson’s wife, who said she spoke to the woman.

Lawson was last seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, blue jeans and grayish white tennis shoes.