Missing, Presumed Dead Father-Of-Three Found Living New Life With Another Person He Met Online

By Claire Parker, Parent Herald February 22, 04:00 am

A father-of-three from Texas went missing since Super Bowl and earlier this week, his silver Ford Fusion was found abandoned near Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 in San Antonio. The missing man was also found living with another person he met online.

The man was identified as Lee Arms and the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said in a statement the man's disappearance was not caused by an accident but the result of his own choice to leave. Bath Township Police Chief Michael McNeely also said Arms wanted to escape his life thus his decision, New York Daily News reported.

It was not stated where the mother of Arms' children is. It was also not reported if Arms and the mother of his children were together before he went missing. Authorities also did not divulge information regarding the circumstances that Arms wanted to escape from.

Detectives received a tip regarding the location of Arms. The 44-year-old father reportedly drove from his home in Falls City to San Antonio and it was just a normal routine because he works the night shift at a UPS Facility from Sunday through Thursday. Arms' father Walter said his son called him about reaching the Interstate and told his father he will call the next day.

Many tips were given to officials but one led the authorities to discover where he is. Heidi Search Center executive director Dottie Laster said one call led them to Ohio on Feb. 16, where Arms was found safe and alive.

"I've worked human trafficking and missing persons for 14 years and this is a very rare incident," Laster said. "This is the first time I've actually had it happen," Sacramento Bee reported.

It is unclear if Arms will be charged as it was questioned if he should be held liable for the resources spent on him when authorities tried to locate him. The family of Arms took to their Facebook page to thank everyone for their efforts to search for the man. They requested for privacy from the public.

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