MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Gulf Search and Rescue (GulfSAR) said it will partner with United Cajun Navy to help the Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department in its search for 78-year-old Wade Davis of Corinth, who went missing on June 22 around 9:30 a.m.
Davis was last seen with his dog in the 300 block of County Road 343 in Alcorn County walking north.
The search and rescue teams deployed to Jacinto, Mississippi, and they are asking volunteers to join the search team.
According to GulfSAR, a command post was set up Tuesday, July 5 at the Jacinto Volunteer Fire Department.
Ken Turner, the logistics director for the Gulf Search and Rescue, said, "We are keeping this as a rescue mission until we find something that will tell us different. So, we are still looking for Mr. Davis and are trying to bring him home to his family."
Volunteers should be advised that the weather will be hot, and the search will cover rough terrains with the presence of snakes and other wildlife, GulfSAR said.
GulfSAR said that volunteers should not bring extra dogs unless they are certified rescue and recovery K9s.
Alcorn County Sheriff Office originally suspended the search after a week.
GulfSAR believes that the brief lull in the search will actually assist their own rescue efforts.
Turner said, "If Mr. Davis is moving around and we get a fresh scent, we know that it is his and not a previous volunteer, another dog or someone else that was in the area. We know that we got a good track that we can get started on and try to do something with it."
The Alcorn County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday morning Davis' dog Buddy returned to his home. The family has him in their possession.
Davis' family said July 20 that they are offering a $10,000 reward for any information that leads to Davis being fully recovered.