11 days later, 102-year-old still missing

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 23, 2004

The search continues for Brister Waiters, 102, who wandered away from his home Jan. 14 in the Belmont community in east Sumter County.

Debbie Goebels and two dogs with her Search Dogs service from Lapine, Ala. conducted a search Thursday afternoon across McDowell Road from Waiters home. They also searched in other parts of the community.

A team of dogs from Huntsville had searched last Friday, said Max Larkin of the Sumter County Rescue Squad.

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Eugene Waiters, son of the missing man, said he was pleased with the effort of area law enforcement and rescue teams to find his father. However, he was still frustrated that he had not been found.

“It is like he disappeared off the face of the earth, ” the younger Waiters said. “He couldn’t go far. He could hardly walk.”

Sumter County Deputy Stan Boutwell said searchers were double-checking and triple-checking areas in the community, which is 15 miles away from Demopolis across the Tombigbee River.

Waiters home is located in the Demopolis Wilderness Management Area (WMA) and is not far from the location of an old river ferry crossing.

Law enforcement officials still do not suspect foul play in the disappearance of Waiters.