BLUEFIELD, Virginia — A man who was reported missing by his wife and later told cops he’d been kidnapped and drugged by a motorcycle gang after being found on the side of a road, has been charged with making it all up to cover up that he’d run off with his mistress.
Larry Wayne Price, 38, was reported missing by his wife to the Bluefield, Virginia police on April 14, triggering a full-scale manhunt involving helicopters, police dogs and hundreds of law enforcement officials, federal prosecutors said.
Later that day, a driver spotted Price wandering down a country road carrying $3,800 in cash in his pocket, and he was taken to a local hospital where he began spinning a series of wild tales to cops.
At first, he Price told detectives he had been abducted by two, unknown men, drugged and held against his will until he was thrown out of a van near where he was found. He said that while he was held the men took him to Hawg Pit Cycles in West Virginia, which he owns, where they took his keys and made off with the contents of his safe, including a knife and a gun.
But when the FBI reviewed security video from the shop, they saw no sign that anyone had gone into the store during the night in question. That’s when Price began to change his kidnap story, saying he had been kidnapped by members of the Pagans motorcycle gang and that he thought he may have been kidnapped because he owed someone money.
When asked to whom he owed money, Price said he wanted to “plead the Fifth” but then said he thought it best to say “that he made it all up, he needed to clear his head, and say he disappeared on his own.”
It was only then that investigators were able to determine that Price had spent the time with another woman who manages a restaurant he owns. The woman eventually told cops that she and Price had begun plotting in February to disappear and start a new life together and that he had spent his time missing with her at a house her father owned.
Around the same time, a $10.5 million, 26,000-square-foo mansion Price owned in Billings, Montana was seized by three local entrepreneurs to whom he owed $11 million, the Billings Gazette reported.