HICKORY, N.C. -- Neighbors of 78-year-old Benny Ashley Daniels describe him as a quiet guy who keeps to himself.

It makes his suspicious disappearance all the more troubling.

“It alarms me as a parent,” Krystal Saine said.

Police said Daniels' son reported him missing from his Hickory home Monday.

His house had been vandalized.

Tuesday, Catawba County deputies, with the assistance of the State Bureau of Investigation, searched the property for clues in his disappearance.

Police are also searching for Tabitha Harrison and Thomas Ball, close associates of Daniels, who may have information on his whereabouts.

Some neighbors are worried but not surprised.

They said they've noticed suspicious activity happening in the neighborhood over the past year.

“We've had several people come down here 2, 3 o'clock in the morning wasted out of their minds and trying to beg for money and whatever,” Randy Watson explained.

If you have any information call the Catawba County Sheriff's Department.

The number is 828-465-0671.