Larry Wayne Price Jr., 39, allegedly wanted to “disappear” with his mistress. Eventually, however, his brilliant plan would involve a hoax about kidnapping bikers, drugs, and finally criminal charges.
Price’s wife reported him missing April 14th and led to a massive manhunt for the wealthy businessman. He was later spotted on the side of the road near Gratton, Virginia. Price told the police at the hospital that he was kidnapped by two men, drugged, and taken to his business at Hawg Pit Cycles in West Virginia. He said the men took his money from a safe as well as a pocketknife and his 9mm handgun. The problem was that the business had a security camera system that showed none of that — a curious oversight for a guy constructing a false account.
When confronted by the FBI, Price then alleged that it was actually a motorcycle gang that took him because he had an outstanding unpaid loan. He however insisted that he would plead the fifth out of fear.
Police however found a woman who managed a restaurant who had an intimate relationship with Price. She told police that Price wanted to disappear so that they could move into a house near her father.
Price is now charged with lying to federal authorities and being held on a $500,000 bond. Presumably, he will also soon face a divorce proceeding.