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UPDATED at 8:35 AM- Dale County Sheriff Conducts A Manhunt For Missing Persons

Rickey Stokes

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Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jul 10 2013 11:05 PM

DALE COUNTY:    Ozark - Dale County 911 put the Dale County Sheriff Department to work this evening. From about 7:00 PM until 10:00 PM the Sheriff Department were responding to multiple calls.

Multiple Deputies and Echo rescue responded to the southern end of the county to reports of a person making threats of suicide. Multiple deputies responded and Echo Volunteer Rescue responded. There was no transport and it was fortunate there was a threat only.

PLEASE NOTE:    As someone whose family has been subject to a loved one committing suicide, that is NEVER the answer. All problems are temporary. Suicide is not the answer. If the person reading is the person which made the threats, THNAK YOU for loving your family enough not to do that.

Dale County Sheriff Wally Olson and Chief Deputy Tim McDonald and other members of the Dale County SHeriff Department were out and in the woods searching for a missing soldier. NOTE: We have not spoken with the Sheriff or Chief Deputy in confirming it was an actual soldier. We do know that Ft. Rucker MP were assisting in the search and it was somewhere in the area of Highway 27. We did not bother any during the actual operation but monitored some of it on the radio. A command center was set up and it was near Glory To Him Fellowship.

While all of this was going on in the southern end of the county there were reports of a structure fire. The fire was determined to be electrical and not an actual fire.


When you think of three calls on going and search operation on going in Dale County. Sheriff Olson and Chief McDonald have already come to work at 7:00 AM or 8:00 AM. They have put in a full day along with members of the department.

Sheriff Olson manages a department of 19 field deputies. This number includes the Sheriff, Chief Deputy, Patrol Deputies, Criminal Investigators, Vice and Narcotics Investigators. 

These 19 people also have to attend District Court, Grand Jury and Circuit Court, and help transport and guard courtrooms and prisoners during court terms.

These 19 people also have to be in training classes to learn the most advanced techniques in law enforcement. Imagine responding as Dale County did to the hostage situation with Ethan. And since Sheriff Olson has been in office think of situations he has  had to deal with - an alleged hit on a Judge and attorney, inmates attempting to overtake and destroy the Dale County Jail, the shooting o the bus driver and taking hostage of a little boy, underground who had medical conditions. And this is only to name a few.

And all with 19 deputies, including himself.

We are lucky in this area departments are working hand in had with each other. The working relationship between departments is the best I have ever seen it since 1977. There is some tweaking that needs to be done in some areas, but overall, the relationship is great.

This past Saturday evening in Headland, the combined efforts of Headland Police, Henry County Sheriff Department and Houston County Sheriff K-9, Deputy McKinney, led to solving two Henry County armed robberies. Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox was on the streets working the scene in Headland with the police department.

All of this to be said, Maddox works with less than Olson as to manpower.

HATS OFF to all of the departments, large and small. But to the smaller departments, I can only imagine the constant headaches you have in the management of your personnel and overtime. When it rains you can not send your deputies home because people do not know how to drive and have wrecks. Tonight, whatever plans Sheriff Olson had with is wife and children, Chief McDonald had with his wife and children.. well they were cancelled.

And these situations never make appointments or come at a time when you have nothing planned. So as I thank you, I must say more importantly to your spouses and children, THANK YOU for being understanding.

Law Enforcement, Fire and EMS, utility workers, the job is never 8 to 5, Monday through Friday.


The search for the missing Ft Rucker soldier continues this morning, members of the Houston County K-9 Team is back assisting in the search for the man.  The man was last seen by fellow soldiers during a training section and has not been seen since.  The soldier is a male about 5’10” and weights about 150. The search is being done both from the air and on the ground but so far there is no sign of the soldier.


 We have just recieved a report that the soldier has been located.. No more information is avaible at this time.

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