Reward posted in search for missing man

A missing man’s family is offering a $2,000 reward in hopes of finding the 71-year-old Hickory man.

Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said Ken Mohler’s family submitted the idea of a reward to the sheriff’s office earlier this week. The next day — on Wednesday — Reid met with the family to deliver an update on the investigation into Mohler’s disappearance two weeks ago.

“The reward was something the family decided upon,” said Reid. “I just hope the reward brings someone forward.”

During a meeting Wednesday with Mohler’s family, Reid told the family his department has no additional information on Mohler’s disappearance. With investigators still interviewing people, Reid said the family seemed satisfied that the sheriff’s office is continuing to investigate.

The family still continues to do their own searches on top of the sheriff’s office investigations Reid said.

Mohler was last seen at Gregory Wood Products where he went into work around 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16. Mohler text his wife around 7:30 p.m. to say he would be home soon, but never made it.

He is described as a white male, 5-foot, 5-inches tall, 200 pounds and bald. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, jeans and mid-calf work boots.

The reward was offered in exchange for any information that leads to the discovery or Mohler’s whereabouts and he arrest and conviction of those people responsible for his disappearance.

Catawba County’s sheriff’s department isn’t ruling out foul play as they continue seeking clues in the missing person case.

Anyone with information about Mohler’s disappearance or his whereabouts contact the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office at 828-464-5241.

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