A Clinton man reported missing by his mother on Friday afternoon is safe, according to his family and Clinton Police officials, who said they were closing the missing persons case on Monday.
Paul Cameron Lambert, 26, was reported missing at 3:02 p.m. Friday. His mother Diane Lambert said her son was last seen at 8 p.m. the previous Monday, July 24, and had not seen him or talked to him in nearly four days even though they share a residence on Ridgeway Street in Clinton, police reported.
Once she made the report, police began investigating the case and keeping in close contact with Diane Lambert, who subsequently reported on Sunday that, although Paul had not returned home, she had talked with him. Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards confirmed as much with investigators on Monday.
Lambert was profiled by the Sampson Independent just a month ago, during which he talked about his substance abuse struggles with addiction and how he used fitness to find himself and inspire others. He talked about a trip three years ago to California.
“I’m very open with people about my struggles. I actually had been in recovery from substance abuse and so it was out there in California I went through rehabilitation. I’m all about celebrating recovery,” he shared. “Fitness has allowed me to find inner peace and to work on bettering myself. It’s not just about the biceps or triceps or the push-ups or burpees. It’s about bettering yourself and realizing that you are stronger than you believe you are.”
Edwards said the missing persons case was cleared “unless she calls back and something changes.”
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