June 25, 2010 at 1:29 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Missing gay man safe, police say

A gay Virginia man who was reported missing June 14 after attending D.C.’s Capital Pride festivities informed authorities this week that he traveled to another state rather than return to his home and is safe.

“Edward Roland Minnoe IV contacted Spotsylvania County detectives and informed them that he left the D.C. metropolitan area on his own free will and is safe in another state,” the Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia said in a statement released Thursday.

“This has been confirmed by several interviews conducted by the detectives assigned to the case,” said the statement. “The Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the media and D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for their assistance in this case.”

Law enforcement officials did not immediately respond to a request for more details on why Minnoe apparently did not inform family members, his roommates and co-workers at the Petco pet services store in Fredericksburg, where he worked, that he would not immediately return to Virginia.

The sheriff’s office issued an alert last week saying Minnoe was reported missing and last seen June 13 by his roommates at the D.C. gay nightclub Secrets while speaking with a man of “unknown race.” The roommates told authorities that Minnoe said he wanted to remain at the club and chose not to drive back to the Fredericksburg area with them, even though he had ridden with them to D.C. to attend the Capital Pride events.

D.C. police, including the department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, assisted in the investigation to find Minnoe. The Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office issued posters bearing a photo of Minnoe that urged anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact police.

An employee at the Petco store where Minnoe worked told the Blade on Thursday that Minnoe was no longer employed there.

One person who knows Minnoe left a message on Minnoe’s Facebook page saying Minnoe acted irresponsibly by not informing others of his whereabouts.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • It’s great that he is safe, but I think he needs to be billed for the costs associated with trying to find him. It was a stupid thing to just disappear without letting anyone know where you were.

    • It’s wonderful to know that this person has so many people who care about him, however, he is an adult and has the freedom to come and go at his liesure. His whereabouts are really no one’s business. Of course, as an adult, he will have to deal with the consequences of that decision.

    • why should he be billed? its a FREE COUNTRY, and all this man did was decide to not return home for awhile. once he learned people were looking for him, he cleared up the matter. it may be stupid to not return home, but last i checked as adults we dont have to report our whereabouts to anyone. if he had tried to deceive law enforcement, then i can understand billing him… but he was cooperative.

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