Barfield found safe in Har­al­son County

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - By Kevin Myrick SJ Ed­i­tor

A l ocal f am­ily can breathe a sigh of re­lief af­ter a Polk County man, who was miss­ing, found but never re­turned home, was lo­cated safe and sound in Har­al­son County.

Both lo­cal author­i­ties and the fam­ily con­firmed that Nathan Barfield was lo­cated along a road­side in Har­al­son af­ter a search was con­ducted over the week­end of Feb. 3 and 4, and then later last Tues­day when he was re­ported miss­ing a sec­ond time.

Ini­tially, author­i­ties and the fam­ily re­ported that Barfield went miss­ing on Satur­day morn­ing, Feb. 3 af­ter he was sup­posed to go pur­chase break­fast for his wife and chil­dren, but then had never re­turned ac­cord­ing to cousin Whit­ney Mullen.

Po­lice in­tially re­ported that Barfield was found safe in Alabama and had told of­fi­cers he was go­ing to head home. How­ever, Mullen then said her cousin never re­turned back home to his fam­ily.

Then they re­ceived a call from the Har­al­son County Sher­iff’s Of­fice that the ve­hi­cle had been found on High­way 27 at Mor­mon Church Road, un­oc­cu­pied and with the keys still in­side.

A search got un­der­way last Tues­day fol­low­ing the dis­cov­ery and the re­port to the fam­ily that in­cluded the Har­al­son County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, Har­al­son County Fire Depart­ment and Floyd County of­fi­cials. Sher­iff Johnny Moats also brought in the help of Tracy Sar­gent’s Search and Res­cue dog to help try and track Barfield’s scent.

They had no luck on Tues­day, and rain show­ers po­ten­tially were set to dampen the hopes of pick­ing up a po­ten­tial trail last Wed­nes­day morn­ing, but then Barfield was found by Har­al­son County law en­force­ment walk­ing along the side of the road.

Mullen said his wife spoke to her Wed­nes­day morn­ing and con­firmed it was Barfield, and that he re­turned home safely to his fam­ily.

“They are ex­tremely grate­ful for all the help from the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, Polk Har­al­son, and Floyd County Po­lice,” she said.

Nathan Barfield

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