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Police searching for missing man


Local law enforcement officers are once again reaching out to the public to seek information on a missing person.

James Lamar Garner, 41 of West Point, has been missing since May 3 of this year. He was last seen on Hwy 50 outside LaFayette, where he was seeking a ride to Lanett.

Garner was released from the Chambers County Jail after a public intoxication charge on May 3 at approximately 10 am CST. A man matching his description was seen walking in LaFayette at approximately 2 pm by a Sheriff’s deputy. He was later sighted on Hwy 50.

After Garner did not return home, his family filed a missing person’s report with the West Point Police on May 5. A missing persons report was subsequently filed with the LaFayette Police Department on May 25.

After the reports were filed, members of the West Point Police, LaFayette Police and Chambers County Sheriff’s Department conducted a ground search of a 17 square mile perimeter centralized on Hwy 50, where Garner was last seen. The search, however, resulted in no leads.

Garner is an African-American male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5’8” and approximately 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and tan pants.

“There isn’t a week goes by that we don’t think about the case,” LaFayette Police Sergeant Chris Trice said. “But at this point we’ve reached a standstill in our investigation and it’s our hope that reaching out to the public will not only remind them to be on the lookout for Mr. Garner, but could result in new leads.”

Anyone that may have information on Garner or his whereabouts are asked to contact the LaFayette Police Dept at 334-864-2200, West Point Police at 706-645-2226 or the Chambers County Sheriff’s Dept at 334-864-1083.