Sheriff Jody Dotson today announced that a 28 year old missingÂ Strawberry man missing since Wednesday evening was found by Lawrence CountyÂ Sheriffâ€™s Deputy around 7:30 am on Thursday morning after a brief search. TheÂ unidentified male was said to have a mental handicap according to family membersÂ and wandered from the home.
A Sheriffâ€™s Deputy was dispatched to the area in in StrawberryÂ after family called 911 and reported the young man had wandered off and notÂ returned, the deputy responded to the area and searched until daylight. Once theÂ sun came up, the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Dive Team, Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™sÂ Mounted Patrol, Strawberry Volunteer Fire Department and Arkansas State ParksÂ Representatives were notified and responded to the Strawberry Ball Field andÂ began a sweep of the area. Investigators began a formal interview of the familyÂ trying to amass as much information on the missing man asÂ possible.
Around 7:30 am, Deputy Jeremy Riggs was searching an area aroundÂ the school campus and noticed a person matching the description walking on theÂ campus, Deputy Riggs made contact and identified the person as the missing 28Â year old. The person told the deputy he had crawled into a drain culvert andÂ spent the night there unaware that family and officers were searching forÂ him.
Sheriff Dotson accompanied the deputy and the man back to theÂ residence of his family where he was greeted by worried family members. The manÂ was unharmed according to Sheriff Dotson.
Sheriff Dotson extended a â€œThank Youâ€ to locals in the community,Â Lawrence County Mounted Patrol, Lawrence County Dive Team members, StrawberryÂ Fire Department members and representatives from both the Powhattan State ParkÂ and Lake Charles State Park for the assistance in the search.
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lawrencecountysheriffsoffice. com .