Missing Stockbridge businessman’s trail leads to Macon

Henry County police, chamber members join search

William Coker, Sr.

William Coker, Sr.

Henry County Police and the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office are jointly investigating the disappearance of William "Doug" Coker, Sr., the Stockbridge businessman police declared missing on Tuesday.

A family member expressed concerns about Coker’s whereabouts after the 67-year-old failed to return home following a reported business meeting at a fast food restaurant in Macon.

“We know he had a cup of coffee at the McDonald’s on Bass Road — [a] video shows Mr. Coker was alone and walking out of the door,” said Lt. Sean Defoe, of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

The officer believes Coker was at the location for about 35 minutes. Henry County police now have the same footage.

A missing person’s alert was filed on Wednesday, asking the public for help in locating Coker. It urges contact with either of the two investigating agencies.

Meanwhile, members of the Henry County Chamber of Commerce have been distributing e-mails urging prayers for Coker, and asking: “Please keep your eyes open for anything ... and pray for his safe return.”

There is even a Facebook Page entitled, “Help Find ‘Doug’ Coker, Sr.,” dedicated to the search.

The missing person alerts note that Coker was last seen wearing a plaid, buttoned-up shirt, khaki pants, and eyeglasses. He is described as 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and 220 pounds, with gray hair, said Sgt. Joey Smith, of the Henry County Police Department.

Police said he was driving a rental car, a gray, 2009 Dodge Avenger with Georgia tag: BVM 1089.

 Anyone with information is asked to call 911 and contact Henry County Police Detective Watson at (770) 288-8496, or Lt. Paul Edwards, of the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office, in Macon, at (478) 746-9441.