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Family prays for safe return of missing Jasper man
SABINE COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Family, firends, volunteers and officials searched relentlessly for a missing Jasper man through a thick wooded area in Sabine County Sunday.
"He's just a great kid, and I miss him and I just want him found," the man's mother, Rosalind Wright, said.
Alfred Wright, 28, went missing Thurday.
"He's the one that always wanted to go hunting with me when he was two years old and I had to tote him on my shoulder and he's a little, always wanted to be the little tough guy," Wright's father, Douglas Wright, Sr.
Wright's a father to three boys.
"A very genuine person, kind-hearted. He cared a lot about his family, crazy about his boys," his sister-in-law, Allison Bush, said.
His family is praying for his safe return.
"We're trusting in God that through it all he'll be coming back to us safe," Douglas Wright said.
Rosalind and Douglas Wright Sr. said their son went missing Thursday evening after his truck broke down. He called his wife, Lauren Bush Wright, to let her know.
"She was at home with their two young boys, so she called us and asked us to come check on him," Wright's parents said.
They found his truck at CLM, a packaging store on Highway 87.
"He was seen running from that vehicle towards town," Bush said. It was the last time anyone's seen or heard from Wright.
"When we came, we made it, we couldn't find him, so we started inquiring" Douglas Wright, Sr. said.
That's when Wright's parents said they notified the Sabine County Sheriff's Office. Since Thursday night, they've been searching alongside law enforcement officials, volunteers, friends and family.
"We found a credit card holder where he crossed over a fence and when he did he dropped his credit card holder also. But we found parts of his uniform there, his scrubs there that he wears, found socks but no tennis shoes," Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox said.
He said the search included a 1 1/2 mile radius in the woods and in a pond near Highway 87 by ground and air.
"We have trailed him and found his trail all the way down to this particular spot," Maddox said.
But still, no Alfred Wright.
His wife released a statement that said:
"We appreciate everyone who has stepped in to help out in the search for my husband. As the search continues please keep us in your thoughts and prayers. And if you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Alfred please call the Sabine County Sheriff's Department. Alfred if you are watching or reading this please know we love you and we want you home."
The search will continue Monday.