A former Gastonia man who has lived the past several years in Raleigh has been reported missing ever since agreeing to meet two people on Saturday to try and sell his 2011 Range Rover.
Friends fear the worse, saying the 39-year-old Andy Banks would not be the type to just stop contacting family and friends.
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"All we really know is he met two guys, and I’m presuming they are guys, at a shopping center (Cameron Village) to sell a vehicle," said lifelong friend Cliff Cash. "The one guy said he was bringing along a mechanic.
"They all three got inside the vehicle for a test drive and nobody has seen or heard from Andy since."
Police describe Banks as being 6 feet tall. He was reportedly last seen wearing blue Patagonia shorts and a gray shirt with a mountain on the front.
Cash and Banks have been friends since they were both kindergarten students at Robinson Elementary School. They would have both been in the Ashbrook High Class of 1999, except Cash’s family moved to the North Carolina coast before his senior year.
Banks has many friends, Cash said, describing him as a truly kind person.
"Andy is a really sharp, resourceful, savvy, street-smart guy and not the kind of person who would say, ’Oh, I lost my phone,’ or ’I forgot to call,’" Cash said.
"He’s just a really happy, outgoing, gregarious person who wouldn’t do anything to harm anyone or even make anyone feel uneasy."
Banks attended N.C. State and his entire family were big fans of the Wolfpack athletic teams. He attended the university and remained in Raleigh afterward.
Banks did not want to work a 9-to-5 job, but did a number of things to support himself, including working part time for the Census Bureau and buying and selling used cars.
Banks had bought the 2011 silver Range Rover, fixed it up and was in the process of selling it when he went missing, Cash said.
Cash, who now lives on Oak Island, was traveling to Raleigh on Monday to search for his friend and the vehicle.
"Something has happened," Cash said. "We really need to find that vehicle."
Police ask anybody who has information or who may have seen Banks to call 911.
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