Crime & Courts

Police ask for help to find man

Wichita police are asking for the public's help in locating a man who has been missing since earlier this month.

Cornelius Hopson, 44, was last seen by his sister, Rhonda Hicks, the night of Dec. 7.

Hicks said the furnace at the residence Hopson shares with his mother in the 1300 block of North Volutsia was broken, and Hopson planned to wait for workers to come install a new one the next day while his mother stayed with Hicks.

Hicks said she was contacted Dec. 8 by mental health service workers who had gone to Hopson's residence to provide routine assistance to his mother but were unable to get into the house.

Hicks said she tried contacting her brother by phone, and when she went to the house, he was nowhere to be found.

Hopson was last seen wearing gray sweatpants and a gray T-shirt. He was described as black, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing about 300 pounds. Hicks said Hopson takes medication for anxiety issues.

Hopson does not have a vehicle, and Hicks said she didn't know of any friends he would have gone to stay with.

Hopson does not have a history of disappearing or running away, his sister said. She described him as a private person who spent most of his time at home.

"For him to be gone this long and not have heard from him is really a concern to me," she said.

Police are asking anyone with information on the case to contact Detective Robert Chisholm at 316-268-4181.