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Richmond man reported missing; detectives fear he's in danger

Posted at 4:27 PM, Feb 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-15 23:28:41-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Police are looking for Johnnie Brunner. He has been reported missing by his family and detectives believe foul play may be involved.

Brunner, 45, was reported missing on Wednesday, February 9.

He was last seen getting into a vehicle, possibly a blue, four-door Chevy Impala in the 4000 block of Midlothian Turnpike.

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Johnnie Brunner

Brunner is approximately 6’ tall and weighs about 150 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a red jacket, dark jeans and a dark skull cap.

Brunner has a tattoo of the name “Boss Hogg” on his right shoulder.

"He's my protector. We've been joined pretty much at the hip since my birth," Shawn Brunner, Jonnie's sister, said. "We talk on a daily basis. We joke. It's just hurting so much, we all love him so much."

Bruner is the father of nine children, ranging from one to 24-years-old.

Those who have tried to reach him say that his cellphone goes straight to voicemail. For a man who loves his family and football, his father said he would never be a no-show for the Superbowl.

That's why, in his heart, he said he knows something is terribly wrong.

"I really appreciate the effort in finding Johnnie. I really don't have a clue as to what is going on, where he might be at or anything," George Lampley, Johnnie's father, said.

Family members have been driving around town with Johnnie Bruner missing fliers taped to their car windows.

His sister is begging for help from the community, hoping that her brother will return safely.

"For him not to reach out to anyone is not like my brother at all," Shawna said.

Anyone with information was asked to call Major Crimes Detective G. Bailey at 804- 646-6743 or Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000.

This is a developing story, so anyone with more information can email newstips@wtvr.com to send a tip.

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