The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office and the Transylvania County Sheriff’s Office have announced they are treating the disappearance of Thomas A. Bryson as a possible kidnapping. Mr. Bryson is believed to be with suspect Phillip Michael Stroupe II.
Authorities are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a silver Honda Ridgeline with tag number AAR-7345. The vehicle has a West Henderson Falcons tag on the front and a West Henderson magnet on the back of the vehicle. Mr. Bryson left his residence in the South Mills River Road area at approximately 8:35am on July 26, 2017.
Suspect, and focus of the manhunt spanning Transylvania and Henderson counties, Phillip Michael Stroupe II is a 38 year old white male, approximately 5’8”-5’10” tall, with a small build; he has a shaved head and a large, distinct tattoo on his neck just under his chin as well as tattoos on his arms and chest. Stroupe is considered armed and dangerous.
Law enforcement are utilizing all available resources and following investigative leads to locate these individuals. They request if anyone recognizes Thomas A. Bryson or Phillip Michael Stroupe II, or the silver Honda Ridgeline they may be traveling in, to dial 911 and contact local law enforcement.
Call 911 if silver Honda Ridgeline with tag number AAR-7345 or individuals are spotted.