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Police use financial records to find librarian who disappeared after setting off on a drive

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 6:20 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2020 at 7:19 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) – The search for a university librarian who left his brother’s home during a visit to Waco to take a drive and then disappeared ended Thursday afternoon.

Investigators used financial records to track Sean Ditmore, 33, to a hotel in Austin where he went, without telling anyone, to “clear his head,” Officer Garen Bynum said.

“This turned out the very best way we could have hoped,” Bynum said.

Ditmore drove off from his brother’s home in the 500 block of North 30th Street in Waco at around noon Tuesday leaving his cellphone and other belongings behind.

The On Star device in his 2014 white Chevrolet Cruz was no longer activated, leaving authorities with no way to try to track him.

Ditmore, a librarian at Wayland Baptist University in Plainview, was last seen wearing a light blue button down shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.

“We are really frantic. This is not like him,” his aunt, Melinda Brinkley, said in an email Tuesday afternoon.

Ditmore’s brother, Mikey, says the family was concerned.

“It’s not abnormal for him to be late for dinner. But when it started getting dark and he wasn’t familiar with the town, that’s when my brother called me,” Mikey Ditmore said.

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