Missing Lincoln father safe, returns home

LINCOLN, Ala. (WIAT) — UPDATE: WIAT 42 news reporter Jamie Ostroff traveled to the Lincoln community to speak with the family of Robert Allen Payne.

Then, something unexpected happened.

“Earlier this evening, I was in this home, getting ready to interview the mother of Robert Payne–the 40 year old father of three who had gone missing for three weeks. His mother was getting ready to tell me how heartbroken she was and how she just wanted her son to come home safely. That’s when he walked through the door,” Ostroff said.

Ostroff witnessed the first hug between a mother and son after they were reunited.

It was shortly after 5 p.m. that Lincoln police brought Robert Payne home.

Moments later, Payne asked for privacy, and Ostroff left with police to talk about what happened.

Investigator Shannon Hallmark says Payne was not far from his home, and didn’t even know he was missing.

“He just said that he didn’t know that people were looking for him and that he didn’t mean to cause so much trouble,” Hallmark said.

Payne was found just two days before outside help was scheduled to come in.

“The search team was gonna come on Saturday, but we’ve got to call and tell them that we don’t need em no more, for a good reason!”


ORIGINAL: The Lincoln Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man.

Robert Allen Payne, 40, was last seen leaving his home in Lincoln on May 21st.

More than two weeks later, found Payne’s truck less than a mile from his home.

Police say Payne is 5’9″ and weighs about 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a tan T-shirt, blue jeans and light brown boots.
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Payne, please contact Investigator Matthew Hill with the Lincoln Police Department at 205-763-4063.

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