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Family, friends search for missing Atascadero man

Posted at 7:06 PM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 01:17:07-04

Police are calling the disappearance of a northern San Luis Obispo County man "suspicious in nature."

His family says Cory Kelley-Armer of Atascadero has not been seen or heard from since late April.

"He's a missing member of the community," said family member Vanessa Adams. "He's someone that's loved. He's a father. He's a son. He's a brother."

Kelley-Armer was reported missing on August 11.

"It's out of Cory's character to be gone this long. He's missed two of his children's birthdays. He's really close to his children. He's got three kids," Adams explained.

The father of an 8, 9, and 10-year-old has not been in contact with anyone for several months.

"Two girls ended up going over to my mom's house and they had told her that they had thought something bad had happened and they thought she should go out and file a missing person's report on him," said his sister, Amy Perry.

Perry says Kelley-Armer got out of jail in mid-April and that he was last seen at a friend's house in Atascadero that same month.

The decision to file a report with police came after he missed two of his children's birthdays.

"He never misses their birthdays. No matter what," Perry said.

She said he lives a transient lifestyle but he's always found a way to talk with his mom weekly or sometimes daily.

She adds that he doesn't have a cell phone so there's no way to electronically track his whereabouts. His social media has also been silent for months.

"The fact that no one has seen or heard from him, that's why it's suspicious," Adams said. "He's always kept very close and that's why I've tried to keep the flyers around town because he's never really, he's never left here."

Adams has printed hundreds of missing person fliers. They've also searched the Salinas Riverbed.

"We're really worried about him," Adams said.

Adams adds that she doesn't know of him having issues with anybody.

"He's missed. He's loved. And he's a father," Adams said.

Anyone with information on Kelley-Armer's whereabouts is asked to call the Atascadero Police Department at (805) 470-3242 or Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-7867.

We reached out to the Atascadero Police Department for an interview but our request was denied due to the ongoing investigation.