In a terrifying development that could still have a happy ending, a restaurant leader from the Southeast has disappeared, leaving nothing but mysteries in his wake.
Tom Sponseller, president of the South Carolina Hospitality Association, vanished on Saturday after putting in some time at the trade association’s Columbia headquarters. When the 61-year-old failed to answer cell-phone calls, his family suspected something was amiss and alerted authorities.
The police found Sponseller’s car at the office, but they’ve yet to reveal any other clues they might have found.
Sponseller’s family has set up a Facebook page to share information. Authorities have set up a toll-free number, 1-888-Crime-SC, for any information about the long-time lobbyist and industry veteran.
Sponseller is 6 ft. 1 in. tall, and weighs about 160 lbs. His thin hair is grey and white.
He joined South Carolina’s main restaurant trade group 22 years ago, after working for Canteen Corp., the contract management giant.