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Anchor Church searches for missing homeless man; provides love and support

Roy during his trip back from Savannah, GA. (Source: Randy Evans) Roy during his trip back from Savannah, GA. (Source: Randy Evans)
From left to right: Dusty Casteen, Roy Cranford and Randy Evans (Source: Randy Evans) From left to right: Dusty Casteen, Roy Cranford and Randy Evans (Source: Randy Evans)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A community searched for Roy Cranford for more than ten days. Roy is a member of the Anchor Church in Wilmington, and is known for being honest and helping anyone he can.

Roy seemingly disappeared July 1. Randy Evans and members of the Anchor Church spent days searching every avenue they could to find him, and posting on Facebook for help. After preparing a search party, the phone rang, a relief to many.

Roy was stranded in Savannah, Georgia. He had hitched a ride with some strangers who said they needed help moving. They offered to pay him $250, but that ended up being untrue, so he was stuck. 

Randy didn't know of the arrangement and just knew it's not like Roy to up and leave.

"I've never had nobody worry about me in my life ever," said Roy, who lives a life without shelter. His home, made up of tarps and a tent, can be found deep in the woods.

"I'm tired of being on the streets," explained Roy."I been on the streets a long time now."

That doesn't matter to Randy and the Anchor Church. In fact, that's why they want to do their best to lend a hand.

"I wasn't going to sleep, and I wasn't going to quit. Whether it was 100 people helping me or 0 people helping me, it was about finding someone I care about," Randy said.

Whether it's a meal, a hot shower or just support, the Anchor Church provides that, and love for Roy, something he's not used to, but something he is grateful for.

"The only church that does that talking and does that walking is the Anchor Church," he said. "They go out and make sure people in poverty gets help."

Now that he has returned to the Port City, Roy is hopeful, that his life will change one day.

"I want to see myself to where I'm not homeless no more. I want to be something," Roy said.

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