[UPDATED] Coralville Man Safe, Family Makes Statement
[UPDATED 6/7 6:45 p.m.]
The North Liberty Police Department reports that Michael Graham is safe and that he reported no abduction. Their investigation has ended.
They also thank Graham’s family, local media, social media sites and people who called in information to help locate Graham.
Michael Graham’s brother, Nathan, was quoted in the press realease:
The Graham family wants to thank everyone for prayers and well wishes. We thank all of the local law enforcement for their dedication and efforts. We are so thankful that we have Mike back and he is physically safe. We will get Mike the help that he needs. For those that are frustrated by this situation, we ask for your compassion and understanding. For those of you that do not know Michael he is a loving husband, father, son and brother. He has a profound faith in Jesus Christ and has been a good citizen and contributing member of society. He needs help now and we are so thankful that we have the opportunity to do that for him.”
[UPDATED 6/7 10:15 a.m.] North Liberty Police say that Michael Graham, the Coralville man who was reported missing on Monday, has been found. Graham's vehicle was located at an Omaha, Nebraska hotel and he is currently with officers of the Omaha Police Department. No other information is available at this time.
[UPDATED 8 p.m. June 6] North Liberty Police Chief Diane Venenga tells the Gazette
“At this point we do not suspect foul play but we are continuing to follow tips to locate Mr. Graham."
[UPDATED 4:06 p.m. June 6] The North Liberty Police Department sent us this update:
"Family members have recently received text messages from Mr. Graham’s phone number. At this time, his location is still unknown and the circumstances of his disappearance cannot be confirmed. This department continues to follow up on several tips and leads to locate Mr. Graham."
[ORIGINAL STORY 4:30 a.m. June 5] North Liberty police are asking the public for help in locating 37-year-old Michael Graham. According to a Facebook post Monday afternoon, Graham's wife Jill has filed a missing person's report.
Graham's last location was near his work between Hawkeye Drive and Highway 965 in North Liberty. Graham is described as 5'7", 160 pounds, shaved brown hair, and brown eyes. His 2016 Volkswagen Jetta has not yet been found. The license plate number is ELL 592. Police now say that Graham sent a text message saying he'd been tied up and put in the trunk of his own car.
The last communication, via Graham's cell phone, was at around 1 p.m. Monday (June 5). Authorities determined the phone was at Keokuk-Washington Road and 265th Street near Keota, Iowa at that time.
Anyone with information in the case is urged to contact the North Liberty police department at 319-626-5724.