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Cad? Did ‘Missing dad’ simply run off with woman he met online?

by Jacquelyn Gray, Contributor

A Texas family feared the worst when Lee Arms vanished

A Falls City, Texas, man who vanished on Super Bowl Sunday and was the subject of a missing persons search left on his own accord.

According to WOAI, Lee Arms, 44, went missing on February 5 in East Bexar County only to turn up 20 miles south of Cleveland, Ohio, on Thursday, nearly two weeks later.

“Mr. Arms was found safe and unharmed,” the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “His disappearance was not the result of an accident but the result of his own decision to leave.’

According to KTXS, the 44-year-old was reported missing after he didn’t show up for an evening shift at UPS. His Ford Fusion, still running, was later discovered with his wallet and other belongings abandoned at the scene.

From there, family, friends, and volunteers organized and searched for Arms—creating a makeshift center not far where the car was recovered.

Arms is reportedly married and has three children, ages 19, 16, and 8. The father of three of tried to leave his old life in Texas after sparking a relationship, police told the Akron Beacon Journal.

“He met somebody online,” Bath Township Police Chief Michael McNeely said.

The family released the following statement in a local newsletter called the Beaver Nation News last Monday:

We, the family of Lee Arms, would like to let everyone know that until we receive new leads, we will not continue the search at this time. We want to again thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for our family in this difficult time.

A tip led the Heidi Search Center, US Marshals Office, and other agencies to Arms Thursday morning. According to the Express-News, Arms was also allegedly caught on a San Antonio-area gas station’s surveillance camera.

Arms isn’t currently charged with a crime as of Monday evening. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office says the case is currently under investigation.

 

Photo: Bexar County Sheriff’s Office

Jacquelyn Gray is a New Jersey-based writer and journalist. When she's not covering crime, she's probably tweeting or doing yoga.