Mebane law enforcement officials got good news in the case of a local 35-year-old man who had recently gone missing.
On Monday, April 29, Philip Compton contacted his family, telling them he was okay, and on the way home. He said he had been on a job in Fayetteville and his phone was off. He stopped by the Mebane Police Department and briefly spoke to investigators, who can report that Mr. Compton is in good health.
On April 28, Mebane Police took a report of Mr. Compton as a a missing person. The parents of Mr. Compton reported at that time that they last saw him on Thursday, April 25. The last phone contact had been sometime on Saturday, April 27. According to the family Mr. Compton has been suffering from depression over the last year or so, he has also recently stopped taking his medication. The family also reported that Mr. Compton has recently suffered a loss in the family.
An attempt to locate a cellular GPS location for the victim’s phone was done. The last location prior to him showing up at the Mebane Police Department April 29 was a 600-meter ping in an open/wooded field on Hebron Church Road. Orange County Sheriff's Office was contacted for assistance. ATV's were deployed from MPD and MFD for a ground search. After an unsuccessful ground search NCSHP was contacted to assist with aerial support. A non-profit search and rescue K-9 team that was already doing an operation in Orange County came to help. Neither Mr. Compton or his vehicle was located on Hebron Church Road or the surrounding area.