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Posted on: February 23, 2021

02-23-2021 *Update*Family reports man missing since August 2020

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Update - Danville Police obtained reliable information that Harston was in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in September 2020. All indications are that Harston traveled there on his own and he was in good health. Danville Police are working with entities in that community in order to further this investigation.  


Danville Police are investigating the disappearance of 75-year-old Herman Harston. His family reported to police February 19 that he had been missing for over six months. 

Family members reported they last saw Harston leaving his home on Chatelaine Avenue in August of 2020 and he was on his way to the store. The family has not seen or heard from him since that time. They told police it was not unusual for him to be gone from home for a month at a time. 

Harston frequently used the city transit system to get around. According to his family, Harston has been treated in the past for mental illness as well as some physical limitations. Police have spent several days checking area hospitals, speaking with extended family and friends, but no one has reported any contact with Harston in months. 

Police ask that anyone who may know Harston or who may have information on this case to please contact us at 434-793-0000 or use our crime tips app CARE at


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