January 22, 2020

Missing Combat-Wounded Veteran last seen in Heard County

Thomas “TJ” Nigro (Photo: Finding TJ Nigro on Facebook)

(Franklin, GA) — The Heard Citizen has received further information about a missing Columbus man reported on earlier this week that may be in the Heard County area.

Thomas “T.J” Nigro is a U.S. Army Veteran who went missing on January 5, 2018 after last being seen in the area of Victory Drive, Columbus, Georgia.

A witness has reported dropping Thomas Nigro off on Bevis Rd at the intersection of GBI Rd (near HWY 219) in Heard County with food and camping equipment in early January.

This remote location is near the West Point Wildlife Management Area, a 8,952 acre property located in Troup County.

According to the facebook page “Finding TJ Nigro” set up by family and friends, as well as information provided by Heard County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Dan Boswell, Nigro suffers from back injuries and brain trauma resulting from a helicopter crash he was involved in during combat.

The 31-year-old veteran left his primary cell phone, keys, wallet, passport and sunglasses behind along with a picture of his daughter Charlotte.

Nigro is described as a white male standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue or green sweater, gray sweatpants and sunglasses.

Law enforcement does not consider Nigro to be dangerous, but his family and authorities are eager to perform a welfare check. It is believed he may have an additional cell phone.

Nigro is a former Army ranger that does have the capability of surviving in the woods for quite sometime although it is believed due to his physical condition he may not be able to travel far on his own.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Thomas Nigro, please contact the Columbus Police Department’s Special Victims Unit at 706-653-3349 or the Heard County Sheriff’s Office at 706-675-3329.

Anyone who comes in direct contact with Nigro are asked to use caution and immediately call 911.

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