March 5, 2023 — Underground Mysteries
Eric Paul Akridge, also known as “Paul”, has been missing since May 3, 2021 after leaving his residence at the 7800 block of State Road 21 in Keystone Heights, Clay County, Florida. He was almost 3 months shy of his 51st birthday at the time of his disappearance.
Akridge’s family has been searching for him relentlessly since his sudden disappearance. His mother states that several searches took place for him, which included a dive team, pond sweeps, and cadaver dogs. His mother believes that someone may hold the key to knowing the whereabouts of her son, and she urges anyone with pertinent information to come forward to authorities.
Born on August 1, 1970, Akridge can be described as a family-oriented man who never went longer than a day without contacting his family. His mother states that his father, who passed away after his disappearance, was his best friend.
Akridge is a brown-haired, hazel-eyed Caucasian male. He is 6’0″ tall and weighs 180 pounds. His mother, in an effort to paint a picture of his character, shared a Facebook post aimed to spread awareness in his case. (This also helps to give us insight to who he was as a human being — and show that he is not just a name.) In her post, she shared two of his creative writing works. One of the writings is a poem that expresses some of his personality traits, such as his loyalty, ability to forgive, athletic nature, enjoyment for fishing, generosity, and realization of his growth. He also points out his love for his parents and siblings in the poem. The other journal entry she shared displays his yearning to help others and acknowledges his spirituality.
Because Akridge has a history of heart disease, his family is desperately worried about him. They are offering a $17,000 reward for answers to his whereabouts.
Although Akridge did have a warrant for his arrest at the time of his disappearance, the charges were not hefty. His family does not believe he is hiding from legal matters. Instead, they believe that he has encountered foul play.
Akridge also has a history of drug addiction.
If you have any information on Akridge’s whereabouts, please contact Detective D. Cassani at the Clay County Sheriff’s Office at 904-264-6512. You may also contact the First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-8477.
- Radaris: https://radaris.com/p/Eric/Akridge/; https://radaris.com/~Eric-Akridge/1108913080
- His family members
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