More than 50 volunteers and local emergency services employees fanned out over Houston Monday looking for Willie Harries who has been missing since Saturday.
The search team gathered at Center Hill Missionary Baptist Church in North Houston again Monday afternoon and did an intense gridded search of the Second and Third Avenue neighborhood that Harries once called home.
“That’s where he grew up and we felt he might go back there,” said Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles. “We have searched the Gladney Subdivision for two days and began expanding our search Monday. We will start again Tuesday morning.”
Willie C. “Doc” Harries was last seen Saturday, Aug. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Wofford Drive area in Houston.
He was on foot and wearing a multi-colored shirt and blue jeans. He is described as a black male, partially bald, 5-foot, 9-inches tall and weighing 158 pounds with brown eyes.
“We need people to check their property and any vacant field next to their house closely,” said Houston Police Chief Billy Voyles. “We have gone door to door in the neighborhood trying to get the word out.”
Chickasaw County Coroner Andy Harmon said family members indicated Harris suffers from medical issues that could affect his mental capacity.
“At this point it is still a rescue, but in this heat – if he is still outdoors – has us all concerned,” said Harmon. “I hope we get a call saying he has been with friend or relatives all this time, we just want to locate him as soon as possible.”
Authorities are asking anyone who has information regarding the whereabouts of Harries, to please contact Chickasaw 911 Dispatch at 662-456-9411, immediately.
Chickasaw County 911 issued an all-points-bulletin to county, city and emergency personnel at 11:21 a.m. Sunday and established a command center on Okolona Cutoff to direct the search.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol issued a Silver Alert for 72-year-old Willie C. Harries at 2:33 p.m.
Both Harmon and Voyles thanked the searchers from surrounding volunteer fire departments for responding Sunday morning and helping them pull together a 25-person search team in a matter of minutes.
Search teams from Okolona, Woodland, Thorn, Houlka and Pontotoc, Union, Monroe and Clay counties joined in the search Monday.
The Houston Fire Department and local volunteer fire departments have been looking for Harries during daylight hours since he has been missing.