Man missing after drive to Austin to collect gambling debt

NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas (KXAN) — A man driving to Austin to collect a gambling debt on Friday has not been seen since, police say.

William P. Abel, 39, was reported missing after he did not show up for his daughter’s wedding in New Braunfels.

The day began with such promise and has now left the family concerned and confused. Leslie Schaffer describes her father as a great guy. He was supposed to walk her sister down the aisle and giver her away. However, it’s been four days and there’s no trace of him or his car. Abel made a call to the family saying he was on his way back, but never returned.

“Everybody is upset, angry, sad. We don’t know what to feel,” said Schaffer. “Like I said, he’s went away before, but he’s contacted at least one person, like his mother. But we’re just worried, because no one has heard from him.”

Police say he was reportedly meeting with a person, known only as ‘Ray,’ about a gambling debt.

Authorities believe Abel may have been in the Hillsboro area, about 140 miles north of Austin, within the last few days. They say at this time there’s no suspicion of foul play.

Several calls to his cellphone went straight to voicemail, according to police.

The Cibolo, Texas man was last seen wearing a Green Bay Packers hat, a blue Duck Dynasty t-shirt, blue jean shorts, white socks and brown work boots. He has tattoos on his right forearm, right shoulder and back.

Abel’s family says he does not have medical or mental issues and is not taking any type of prescription medication.

He drives a maroon 2004 Chevy Silverado extended cab package with a silver tool box and Texas license plate BE37645. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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