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Missing Gloucester Man Has Richmond Ties

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TAPPAHANNOCK, VA—Police continue to search for a Gloucester man with ties to Richmond who's been missing since New Year's Eve.

Ben Coffey, 27, of Gloucester, has been missing since December 31, 2012, and now his father, a Richmond CEO is asking for help to locate his son.

"It's not like him to not stay in touch with family, so I just don't know what to think," Terry Coffey said about his son Ben.

Coffey's van was found on the side of a Tappahannock road New Year's Day. Tappahannock Police found Coffey's cell phone and dog inside the vehicle, but a further search of the area turned up nothing else.

Officers with canine units were able to trace Coffey's scent for a short distance, but eventually lost the trail.

Police said Coffey's cell phone made a call from Gloucester the same day officers discovered his vehicle.

Police are treating the case as a missing persons case and said, at this point, there's no reason to suspect foul play.

"We really do not know the circumstances," Terry Coffey, Ben's father said. "We don't know if he is hurt; we don't know quite frankly if he is alive or not."

Police said they have reason to believe Coffey may have been living out of the van.

Ben Coffey is 27-years-old. He's 5'6' tall and weighs 150 lbs. He has brown hair and hazel colored eyes.

If you have seen or heard from Ben Coffey, Tappahannock Police ask that you contact them at 804-443-3992. 

The Essex County Sheriff's Department is also assisting in the investigation.  Their number is 804-443-3346.

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