UPDATE: Previously missing Kingsport man found safe

(Kingsport Police Department)

UPDATE 2:20 p.m. Wednesday

According to Pound Police Chief Tony Baker, a man who Kingsport police were trying to find has been found safe.

News 5 was told Wednesday afternoon that William Justin Dykes was found.


Kingsport investigators are asking for the public's help in locating a missing man who hasn't been seen since Thursday.

William Justin Dykes, 35, was reported missing by his mother on Dec. 2 after he failed to contact her after leaving the city to do an odd job, the report said.

A friend had dropped Dykes off at Cedar View Christian School at 1900 Flanders Street on Nov. 28 at 7:30 a.m. so that Dykes could meet up with an unknown person to travel to neighboring Weber City, Virginia for the job, police said.

Dykes' family said it is not out of the ordinary for the man to travel out of town but it was out of character for him not to contact them.

Police describe Dykes as a white male standing 5 feet 7 inches tall weighing 170 pounds with brown receding hair, blue eyes and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a gray long sleeve shirt, tan pants, a reversible camo/orange vest, a brown jacket, white high top tennis shoes with grass stains and a black knit cap.

They also noted he always walks with a wooden walking stick with a silver skull attached on top.

Anyone with information Dykes' whereabouts can call (423) 229-9429 or an anonymous tip can be made by clicking here.