Search for missing man centers on Parkway

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. –  An abandoned motorcycle has prompted a search along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

63-year-old James Albert Hogue of Bristow, Virginia was last seen two weeks ago wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

His motorcycle was first noticed at the Thunder Ridge Parking Area, near Milepost 75, on Oct. 26. The National Park Service says that while it’s not uncommon for vehicles to be left at parkway overlooks for extended periods, after two days, parkway law enforcement rangers began an investigation and learned that Hogue was last seen two weeks earlier when Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office contacted him.

A search has been mounted and a missing person’s report has been filed with the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office.