Man vanishes from RV park

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2007

The disappearance of a Texas man at a Greene County RV Park has park personnel and authorities baffled.

For four days Darryl V. Howe, a white male who was staying at the park, has not been seen or heard from.

Howe was last seen Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Johnny Isaac said, and no one was sure where he went, where he was heading or how he got there.

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“Right now we don’t know if he just walked off or what,” Isaac said. “He was staying at Knox Hill RV Park, stayed a day or two, and they haven’t seen him since Thursday afternoon.”

Park attendants had no comment when contacted Monday.

Howe, 57, had been staying at the park in a small tent. He arrived at the park in a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse Wednesday. Isaac said Howe is believed to be from Humble, Texas and did not believe he had relatives in Greene County.

For the time being, Isaac said, the department is treating the case as a missing person.

“At this time, I don’t suspect foul play,” Isaac said. “There are a lot of holes and drop-offs out there and we are going out there with four-wheelers. We are just trying to figure out what we need to do first. We are going to head out there and see what we can find.”

According to reports, Howe was last seen Thursday afternoon with a backpack and park personnel became concerned Sunday when they had not seen him for several days.

When deputies first arrived on the scene, Isaac said, they found Howe’s wallet and car keys. The wallet contained $45, Isaac said, and some paperwork including telephone numbers that may help them gather more information. Unfortunately, he said, there was no driver’s license and Howe’s license plates were not on file. Isaac said it was not uncommon for plates not to be on file if the vehicle had not been stolen.

For now, Isaac said, the department will have to work with what they have.

“We have some numbers that we are going to try to start calling to see if we can come up with a family member somehow,” Isaac said Monday. “We went and walked the woods and walked the trails and we are going to go back out there today.”

Sunday’s search brought little light to the case. A group of deputies, Isaac said, combed the woods looking in abandoned shacks and talking to people in the park and residents of nearby roads.

Some people said they had seen Howe jogging down the street and around the walking trails, but none of the tips paid off Sunday. Even the details of when Howe was last seen are not certain.

Monday, Isaac said, the department planned to continue the search on four wheelers and try to piece together more details of Howe’s life such as marital status and where he may have been traveling.

Isaac also said they planned to get in contact with Tuscaloosa and see if they could get a chopper or dogs to help with the search.

Anyone with information about Howe’s whereabouts is encouraged to call the department at (205) 372-3242.