CATAWBACOUNTY, N.C. -- The Catawba County Sheriff's Office is asking for your help in locating a missing person.

Authorities say 19-year-old Erek Damien Uron Barnes was last seen last Wednesday evening at the intersection of Highway 16 South and Bethany Church Road.

The Sheriff's Office says Barnes told his family he was walking down to the CITGOgas station, where he was captured on surveillance, but was never seen or heard from again. Authorities say Barnes left the gas station on foot in an unknown direction.

Barnes is a 19-year-old black male standing 5-foot-8 and weighing about 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a teal t-shirt, possibly Aeropostale, blue jean shorts and red, white and black hat with Chicago written on the front.

If you have any information on Barnes' whereabouts, you're asked to call the Catawba County Sheriff's Office at (828) 466-7229 or 911 immediately.

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