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Help Sought in Search for Missing Grayson Man

Derek Woodston Buford, of Grayson, has been missing since Thursday morning. The public's help is sought in helping locate him.

The family of Derek Woodston Buford, 42, of Grayson is desperate for word on the whereabouts of their missing family member. He never reported to his place of work, Southeastern Builders Supply, 1186 Clark St., Covington, on Thursday morning and has not been seen since.

Sgt. Rich Long, of the Gwinnett County Police Department, confirmed that a missing person's case has been opened for Buford and his name and information has been entered in the National Crime Information Center. 

Anyone with information or who has seen Buford or his vehicle is asked to call 911 or the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5000.

Buford description is as follows:


White male
Age: 42
Height: 5'11"

Weight: About 250 to 275 pounds
Short Dark Brown hair
Driving a Silver 2005 Mazda Tribute
Tag # BZK 0784
Atlanta Thrashers car tag on the back of the vehicle

According to his family, Buford requires daily medication for a heart condition. He left without this medication. It is believed he was on his way to work Thursday morning and never made it. The following are routes he possibly would have taken. Family members have scoured these routes without success since Buford's disappearance.

Possible Routes to work:
1. Hwy 84 to Hwy 78 towards Loganville
Right on Hwy 81 to Covington

2. Hwy 84 to Hwy 78 towards Loganville
Right onto Rosebud Rd
Rosebud turns into Miller Bottom Road turns into Dial Mill Rd
Right onto Gum Creek Rd
Right onto Hwy 81 in Oxford to Covington

3. Hwy 84 to Hwy 78
Right onto Rosebud Rd
Right onto GA-20
Left onto GA-20
Left onto Sigman Rd
Right onto Hwy 138
To Interstate 20 towards Covington to Exit 90

4. Hwy 84 to Hwy 78 towards Loganville
Right onto Rosebud Rd
Rosebud turns into Miller Bottom Rd.
Right onto Hwy 138 to Interstate 20 towards Covington

Buford's family would appreciate any information or assistance in the search. .

Sharon Swanepoel August 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM
If we get the word out as far as we can, maybe someone saw something and will be able to pass the information on.
Darla Dixon August 27, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I travel some of those roads often. I will keep that make/model and the Trashers sticker in mind. I'll need to look up Mazda Tribute, because I don't know what that looks like.
Sharon Swanepoel August 27, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Thanks Darla. I hope they manage to locate him. The family is really concerned now because it has been so long.
Jessica Strickland August 27, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Praying praying praying!!! The tribute looks similar to the ford escape.
Karan Wiley August 27, 2012 at 11:57 PM
‎Derek is a very sweet and funny person. he is always cracking jokes and picking at people (usually me when I am around)... he loves to laugh... he also loves music. He especially loves classic rock. he plays guitar but will not play in front of people he does not know... he adores his kids and his family. he loves to play video games with his kids and he is an avid comic book collector, also with his kids. Derek loves the Braves and even worked on the grounds crew for a couple of years in the early 90's. In fact, the night before he went missing he was watching the Braves game on tv while recovering from his latest time in the hospital for his heart condition. I am hoping some of this may click with someone on where he may have been spotted. We have absolutely no clues. It is like he has fallen off the face of the earth!!

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