CLIO, AL (WSFA) - The lead investigator for the Barbour County Sheriff's Office says the search for a missing Clio man is being suspended after more than a week of unsuccessful searches.
Lt. David Morris, said the search for 27-year-old Willie David Pugh is being called off for now.
Pugh has been missing since Saturday, January 14, 2012. The man talked to his wife on the phone at 6:21 that evening while en route to the Doster Community in southern Barbour County. He hasn't been heard from since.
Sheriff Upshaw said in a station that "the search will continue when more definitive information is received" that would give his agency a reliable starting point to look for the missing man
Sheriff Upshaw stated that the Doster Community is such a sparsely populated area that any further search at this time without that information is pointless. The sheriff stressed, however, that the investigation will continue and that any information received will be looked into.
Sheriff Upshaw said that hundreds of man hours and a search of an eight mile radius of the point where the victim's vehicle was located has been conducted.
At the request of the FBI, the Alabama Bureau Of Investigation and the Barbour County Sheriff's Office, the Southwest Panhandle Search and Rescue K9/Emotional First Aid Team (SWPANSAR) out of Cantonment, FL and Daphne, AL was on scene this past Thursday, Friday and Saturday to help the Barbour County Sheriff's Office plan and organize the search. Members of the Pace, FL. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) joined them in the search.
The K-9 teams are SWPANSAR, First Response Search team of Tallahassee, FL., SW K-9 Search and Rescue from Ft. Myers, FL., Shelly Burton of Tampa, FL. Nicole Prager from Vienna, Austria, Janet Wyatt from Sarasota, FL and Debbie Goebels of Montgomery, AL.
Ground Support: Barbour County Sheriff's Office, Clio Police Department, Barbour County EMA, the FBI, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation, Dale County Sheriff's air support, Monroe County EMA/Homeland Security, Monroe County Rescue Squad, the Red Cross, the Regional Land and Water Rescue, Barbour County Search and Rescue, Liberty County (FL) Search and Rescue, Elamville, Clio, Louisville, Clayton and White Oak Shores Fire Departments, Ventress Prison tracking team, NAACP, volunteer citizens and Jean Hartzog. The Clayton Ambulance stood by at the command center to administer first aid if needed. Sheriff Andy Hughes and Chief Deputy Donald Valenza said that the Houston County Homeland Security mobile crime lab was on standby if needed.
Lt. Morris asked that if anyone who may have information to the whereabouts of Mr. Pugh saw and or talked to him on Saturday night to please call the Barbour County Sheriff's Office at (334) 775-3434. Morris further stated that a person of interest, Willie Dickerson was taken into custody and interviewed concerning Mr. Pugh.
Mr. Dickerson told investigators that he and Mr. Pugh were together Saturday night January 14, 2012 and the last time he saw Mr. Pugh, he was leaving Dickerson's residence in the Doster Community.
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