Nissan Altima in police chase linked to missing Caroline County man

Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-09 23:20:13-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Craig Lewis picked up his paycheck on July 28th at a postal distribution center in Sandston. He was last seen the next day leaving his Caroline County home for his shift with the U.S. Postal Service in Richmond, VA.

The 57-year-old has now vanished and deputies say they can't rule out foul play.

Lewis is missing without a trace and the only solid clue of his possible whereabouts came eight days ago.

Craig Lewis

Craig Lewis

"A black Nissan Altima was speeding across Hermitage and Leigh,” said James Shroyer, who witnessed a police chase. “Then, about three minutes later, three cops whizzed by."

Richmond police tell CBS 6 the Altima belongs to Lewis. But Caroline County investigators don’t believe he was in it at the time.

"His vehicle was involved in a pursuit on August 1,” said Lt. Travis Nutter. “We don't believe he was driving the car, though."

The pursuit started at Leigh St. and Hermitage Rd., but police pulled back near Rennie Ave. and Brook Rd. because of dangerously high speeds.

Police later found Lewis's car abandoned in the 3000 block of Noble Avenue in Ginter Park several miles away.

"It was seized by police and processed by our forensic investigators," said Nutter.

Three agencies are now working Lewis's case.

"We've had incredible cooperation with Henrico and Richmond, they've been assisting us at this point,” Nutter said. “Our main objective is to check the welfare of this man and make sure he's OK.”

Lewis is listed as missing and endangered. Deputies say he's in need of medication that he left at his Caroline home.

Deputies also say that Lewis has not used his credit or debit cards, nor his cell phone in almost 10 days, which makes them wonder what is really going on.

“Any reason to believe foul play?” Burkett asked Nutter.

“We can't rule it out at this point," he replied.

If you have any information about Lewis's whereabouts call the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at (804) 633-5400.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the CCSO anonymous tip line at (804) 633-1133 or the Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1000.00 for successful tips.

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