Local veteran missing after going to buy car via Craigslist

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A local Army veteran’s family fears the worst after he goes missing. They suspect Craigslist may have played a role in the disappearance.

According to investigators with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, 22-year-old Robert Polk went missing Saturday. Polk’s family believes something went wrong after he left home looking for a vehicle he saw on Craigslist and never returned.

“I fear that he got on Craigslist looking for a car. I'm thinking he met up with the wrong person,” said Hayleen Jones, Polk’s mother.

Polk was last seen around 7 p.m. on October 3, wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

His family said he worked through a temp agency and had been saving his hard-earned money to buy a car. Polk’s mother said he was very excited after searching various Craigslist posts and finally found a car he liked.

“Went to go meet the person that to buy the car, he’d been talking to someone about a black Mustang and has not been back since,” she said.

Polk was considered a standout football player at Hazelwood East High School. He served two years in the Army and remains on reserve list. His mother said he loved serving his country.

“He had traveled places before he never been. He was just proud. I was a proud mom that he went into the Army and did something with his life,” Jones said.

“He's been missing too many days. He’s not a child to be gone 24 hours without calling.”

Anyone with information on Robert Polk’s whereabouts should call 911.


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