The Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office is still looking for a missing man, Roger "RC" Lee Compton Jr.
After more than a week of searching and working in close contact with local police, Compton's family confirmed this afternoon that he is still alive, but injured.
"My brother has called me and he is hurt but alive," Compton's sister Robin King said. "He is alive and that's the news we have been waiting and hoping for."
"This week has been a complete nightmare," she said.
Compton is still listed as a missing person, however, as he has not yet been in physical contact with police or family members.
Compton, 35, went missing the night of Oct. 10. He was last seen entering the G&S Market at 13109 Rockford School Road in Pittsylvania County.
Compton's white 2020 Nissan Kicks was abandoned in Lynchburg.
"[That] is odd because he hardly ever goes to Lynchburg," King said.
The abandoned car is a 4-door hatchback with Virginia registration UHG-5616.
"He is hurt and his location is still unknown," AWARE Foundation representative Kenny Jarels told the Star-Tribune. "Until the police can physically make contact, his case remains open. At least we know he's alive."
A testimony shared with the Star-Tribune also said Compton sustained serious injuries at the hands of others since he has been missing.
Compton is described as a white male, 5-foot-9-inches tall, weighing 155 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair which he keeps shaved short. He has a short brown beard and mustache.
He has a large black ring tattoo on his ring finger, skulls up the left arm and “Fighting For My Life” tattooed on his back. Compton also has a scar on his abdomen from surgery.
Compton was last seen wearing camouflage pants and a light brown shirt, according to the National Center for Missing and Endangered, Inc.