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N. Carolinian sought in D.C. search found — in North Carolina

A Matthews, N.C., man missing since early last week in Washington, D.C., was found Sunday in Asheville, D.C. Metro police said.

Lt. Ralph Neal, watch commander for the 2nd District, told the Charlotte Observer that his department got a lead that Matthew Hill, 26, who was last seen Tuesday morning, was safe and had been found in Asheville, N.C.

"He apparently didn't let anyone know where he was at," Neal said. "We asked the police in Asheville to make contact with him there.

"He just left on his own -- for personal reasons. I guess he just wanted to get away."

Neal said his detectives got a lead that Hill was in Asheville. He said police there made contact with Hill about 4 a.m.

"As far as we're concerned, we've closed the case," Neal said.

Hill works for a church-sponsored college campus ministry in the Washington area. The news that he was safe and had been found comes after several days of searching by family, friends and strangers.

A post Sunday morning on a Facebook page set up by Hill's friends read:

"We need to clarify. We confirm Matt has been found and is alive and unharmed. He also left on his own will. We don't have any answers. We praise God he is alive, but we ask you continue to pray."

Read the full story at Charlotte Observer.com.

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