Man missing since early Sunday morning found

Published 10:58 am Monday, August 17, 2020

A Vicksburg man who had been missing since early Sunday morning was found safe.

Warren County Sheriff Martin Pace confirmed Monday morning authorities have found Louis Hayward, 65. Details on Hayward’s condition or where he was found have not yet been made available.

Pace said deputies with the Sheriff’s Office, officers with the Vicksburg Police Department, including drone units and K-9 officers began search for Hayward shortly after his family reported him missing at around 4 a.m. Sunday.  Pace said the family first realized he was missing after 1 a.m. when they noticed he had left the family’s apartment on Blossom Lane.

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Around the same time, the Vicksburg Police Department had received a call of a suspicious vehicle slowly driving the neighborhood. But, when officers arrived in the area, they were not able to locate the vehicle.

Just before 5 a.m., the vehicle was discovered behind a church on Indiana Avenue. The car had reportedly become stuck near a treeline behind the church after leaving the roadway and making a meandering path to where it became stuck.

Pace said that in studying the church’s security footage, Hayward could be seen walking away from the car and toward the city limits.