Missing Eustis man found at Kmart

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EUSTIS, Fla. - Police said they have located the missing Eustis man who was reported missing earlier this week.

Officers said Richard Johnson, 51, left his home on Wednesday and never returned.

Johnson deposited cash at a Wells Fargo on Grove Street at 3:53 that same afternoon.

His white 2002 Dodge Intrepid was located at the Lake County Fairgrounds late the same evening.

Mount Dora police found Johnson in the parking lot of a Kmart Saturday and said he appeared to be in good health.

Johnson’s partner was extremely concerned something had happened to Johnson.

“You can’t go anywhere (without someone saying,) ‘Hi Richard.’ Everybody in this town knows him,” said Otis Lohr.

That’s part of the mystery of what happened to Johnson.

Lohr said Johnson led a quiet life and went straight home most days after his shifts at Cumberland Farms.

“That’s his life, and we have very few limited friends and we don’t socialize at bars,” he said.  “Richard doesn’t drink. He absolutely doesn’t do drugs. That’s why no one can understand this.”
Lohr said the bank Johnson went to on Wednesday is less than two miles from their home.

“I said to him, ‘You forgot your cellphone,’ he said, ‘Yup’ and he went back in and got his cellphone off his work pants, went to the door and looked back and said, ‘I’ll see you when I get back,’” Lohr said.

A bank receipt that was found in Johnson’s car said he made a withdrawal instead of a deposit.

“I’m scared to death for Richard,” Lohr said.

Lohr searched through Johnson’s car for any evidence of foul play.

WFTV had asked police if they suspect something suspicious, and they said they can’t rule anything out.