09/28/2011 08:06 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Lenwood Harris Disappearance: Police Seek Help Identifying Person Of Interest In Missing Activist Case

Police in Alexandria, Va., are seeking help in identifying a person of interest in the recent disappearance of prominent civic activist Lenwood "Lenny" Harris.

The unidentified individual was captured on video surveillance using Harris' bank card on King Street shortly after 1:00 a.m. on Sept. 22. The individual is described as a black male with a mustache and a small goatee. He has a muscular build and tattoos on his right and left forearm.

Harris, 53, was reported missing on Sept. 21. He was last seen at the Charles Houston Recreation Center in the Old Town area of Alexandria. He received a call from an unknown individual and left the center to meet with the caller at about 9 p.m. When he failed to return home the next morning, his family reported him missing, police said.

Harris' vehicle, a light blue Toyota Corolla with Virginia tag XKG-8385, is also missing.

On Sept. 22, Harris' cell phone was found on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. That same day, he failed to show up for a presentation at the Alexandria Adult Detention Center.

Harris, a husband, father and well-known advocate in the African-American community, is believed to be endangered, said the Alexandria Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt.


Speaking to the Alexandria Times, Harris' brother, Sherman Harris, said that despite the circumstances of the case, he is trying to remain positive.

"We know he's in danger, we don't know if they've already killed him. We're just praying that somebody has seen him and they haven't killed him," Sherman told the Times. "I just believe that he's still alive. ... The only way I'm going to believe he's dead is if the police tell me and I see his body."

Lenny Harris is described as African American, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 210 pounds. He has dark hair and brown eyes. Harris was last seen wearing a gray sweat top and gray sweatpants.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Harris, his vehicle or the person of interest, is asked to call the Criminal Investigations Section of the Alexandria Police Department at 703-746-4711 or the non-emergency number at 703-838-4444.