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Cleveland police searching for 48-year-old man missing under suspicious circumstances

Posted at 4:44 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 16:44:05-05

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police are searching for a missing 48-year-old man after a woman who told police she was his fiancee said that he had called her and said he was being driven around and forced to empty his bank account.

Daniel Walker was reported missing Thursday when a neighbor returned to a home in the 151000 block of Mandalay Avenue on her lunch break and observed his vehicle running with all of the doors open.

When she came out of the house she saw the car was still running and noticed that it was unoccupied. She walked to the entrance of Walker’s home and saw the door was open as well.

The neighbor told police that Walker called her on Wednesday asking for a ride from the hospital. She picked him up and gave him a ride to his place of employment on Neff Road to retrieve his car. That was the last time she had seen him.

A woman who told police she is Walker’s fiancee said she called his phone. When he eventually answered he told her that there were "hillbillies" in his house "and they took over and they're taking all my stuff,” according to police.

Police said the woman told them Walker said they emptied his bank account and were making him drive around. He also told her they snatched him out of the car and he was outside without any shoes or coat on, police said.

Police pinged Walker’s cell phone to an area in Toledo, but it did not turn up a lead. When officers tried pinging the phone again it was either dead or turned off, according to police.

Police say Walker has no history of mental illness or drug abuse and a search near Toledo turned up negative results.

Walker is described as standing 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 186 pounds with short brown hair and brown eyes, glasses and a mustache. He was last seen wearing a white jacket and white pants.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call police immediately.

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