Thursday, April 5, 2012
Marshall County man returned after being lost
By SUE WATSON
William Lawrence of the Laws Hill community was returned from Fulton County, Georgia, by sheriff’s investigators after he went missing for a day from the St. Francis Hospital campus in Memphis, Tenn., according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Lawrence, 79, was with his wife and daughter, who was having outpatient surgery, when he said he was going to bring the truck around to the door of the hospital for them to go home. He left the hospital about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, and did not show up at the outpatient door for his relatives, the sheriff said.
A missing person’s notice was dispatched by the Memphis Police Department and it later was learned that Lawrence had used his credit card about 10:45 a.m. the next day in Columbus. A store clerk confirmed Lawrence had been there from a photograph.
“From there the search continued and at 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, we received a call from Fulton County, Georgia, stating they had located Mr. Lawrence and his condition was good,” Dickerson said.
A local police officer had seen Lawrence in a store and noticed the elderly man was disturbed. From that point, Marshall County authorities learned Lawrence had been found.
Major Kelly McMillen and investigator Jason Mills left for Fulton County to pick up Lawrence and he and the truck were returned Friday, March 30 about 9:45 a.m., Dickerson said.
(Editor’s note: In an article on page 14 of the March 29 issue of The South Reporter, an omission was made. The sheriff’s department was assisted in a manhunt for burglary suspects in the Marianna community by Danny Mills and Dustin Whitehead with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, according to Sheriff Kenny Dickerson. The sheriff’s department apologizes for omission of the assistance of these two officers in the apprehension and arrests of several burglary suspects.)
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