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Former local preacher disappears in Michigan
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A Church of Christ pulpit minister who preached in Warren County for two years has been reported missing in Michigan.
According to authorities, Terry Dow was last seen by his family Tuesday morning when he left to attend a gospel meeting. Dow never showed up for the meeting and didn’t come home that night, prompting immediate concerns about his safety.
Dow was the preacher at Highway 56 North Church of Christ for about two years. He started with the church in the summer of 2009 and stayed with the local congregation until August 2011, according to church member Brett Merritt.
Dow has a wife, Stacy, and two children. During his two years here, Dow was active in the community, attending the Citizens Police Academy, helping with voting at the polls, and attending youth soccer games.
Authorities in Flat Rock, Mich., said Thursday afternoon they have ruled out foul play. Dow’s last known whereabouts were in Virginia where authorities were able to track him.
Members of Flat Rock Church of Christ are struggling to make sense of their preacher’s disappearance. They say the likable family man gave no indication he was in some sort of distress. He reportedly left the house Tuesday morning without his cellphone.
Authorities and the Dow family are seeking assistance if Dow should show up locally since he has strong ties to the Warren County community. They would like to make contact with him to ease concerns about his well-being.
Dow is in his 40s, about 6-foot-3 and weighs around 250 pounds. His car is described as a black, 4-door 1998 Nissan Sentra with plate No. CHP-9391.
Anyone with information on Dow’s whereabouts should call Flat Rock police 734-782-2496.