Oxford, Lafayette firefighters help in missing person search

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Eleven local firefighters left their stations in Oxford and Lafayette County to help in the search and rescue efforts for a missing man in Pontotoc Tuesday.

William Albert Carter, 78, went missing on Monday from his Pontotoc County home.

Five firefighters from the Oxford Fire Department and six from the Lafayette County Fire Department left Oxford and went to Pontotoc to join in the search efforts at about 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.

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Carter was found around 3 p.m. about a half-mile from his home in the woods off Wayne Road.

He was alive and dehydrated, but in otherwise fair condition, according to the Lafayette County Fire Department.

It is unknown why Carter wandered from him home but officials have ruled out foul play, according to WTVA.

Pontotoc was assisted by several counties and cities in the search, including Oxford and Lafayette County, Union County Search and Rescue, Algoma Fire Department, Ecru Fire Department, Longview Fire Department, Sherman Fire Department and Prentiss County Search and Rescue.