Police say 31-year-old Edward Minnoe, Ted to those who knew him, was in D.C. last weekend enjoying the Capital Pride festivities with his roommates. The group of friends made the long drive from Spotsylvania, Va., and returned home on Sunday, but Minnoe wasn’t with them.
Three days later with no word from Minnoe, his older sister and the rest of his family are scared.
“We’re extremely worried because this is just not like him not to call or anything," said sister Jennifer Myers. “And he hasn’t been to work in a couple days, so it’s not like him at all.”
After his family filed a missing person report, the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Department investigated and found the group of roommates were last together Sunday night at Ziegfeld’s Secrets, a gay strip club in southwest D.C.
“His roommates had gone with him to the bar,” said Capt. Emily Scott
, of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Department. "They left, but he wanted to stick around a little bit. He was last seen at the bar with an unknown race male, and that was on June 13.”
The owner of the club told News4 he looked through surveillance video with D.C. police and never saw Minnoe or his roommates at any point during the night. Authorities are further hampered in the investigation because Minnoe left his cell phone in his roommate’s car that night.
“White male, 5-foot-8, 135 pounds," police described Minnoe. "He has several tattoos. He has an armband tattoo on one of his arms. He has a tattoo on his leg with a name on it. He has several ear piercings. He was last seen wearing a tank top, shorts and flip flops.”
As Myers thinks about her younger brother, she holds out hope he’s still alive.
“Ted, if you’re out there, please come back home,” she said. “Call somebody to let us know you’re okay. We’re praying for you. We really, really miss you and we need you to come home.”
Published at 12:38 AM EDT on Jun 17, 2010