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Persons of interest sought in Dawsonville man’s disappearance

POSTED: June 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.
For the Dawson County News/

A forensic drawing provided by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office provides a witness account of a Hispanic or Native American male who may be connected to the disappearance of Jimmy Walls in June 2015.

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Almost two years to the date of Jimmy Walls' disappearance in the Dawson Forest, new details have emerged in the Dawson County Sheriff's Office investigation.

According to Sheriff Jeff Johnson, a potential witness came forward with information regarding persons of interest and details of what may have been the last time anyone saw Walls before he disappeared.

Walls, 52, was last heard from on June 6, 2015 and his truck was found abandoned near the horse trailer parking lot in the management area off Dawson Forest Road two days later.

Authorities found no evidence of foul play, and developments have been slim to none since.

Johnson said on May 31 that a possible witness told authorities that they saw two subjects dropping Walls' vehicle off in the management area just before Walls was reported missing.

"Apparently they left the truck at Dawson Forest, got back in the car and left," Johnson said.

One of the subjects is described as a Hispanic or Native American male in their early 20s, 6 feet tall and approximately 160 pounds. A forensic drawing has been made of the subject.

The other subject is described as a white male of an unknown age, over 6 feet tall with white shaggy hair and a beard.

Walls is described as 5'9" and weighing about 165 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

Johnson said that he did not want to suggest that the second subject was Walls, as the witness did not provide enough details about the white male for a drawing to be made.

"It might not have even been Jimmy, we just don't know," Johnson said. "From what I've gathered apparently he started looking scraggly there before he went missing."

Johnson also said that the informant described the subjects as occupying a 70s model car, possibly a Pontiac. Photos similar to the car described were also provided by Johnson.

Chief Investigator Thurmond Atkinson said the witness waited so long to come forward with information because they wanted to be sure they had their facts straight.

Exactly when the witness came forward with the information is not known, Johnson said.

"This is one of those things that seemed to have gotten lost over the past couple of years," Johnson said. "Unfortunately I don't know all the details of who had the case, how many times it changed hands, etc."

Former Sheriff Billy Carlisle said he remembered someone coming forward with similar information in the months after Walls was reported missing, though he too was unable to say exactly when. Carlisle was sheriff until Johnson took over Jan. 1.

Thurmond asks anyone with information regarding the persons of interest to contact him personally at (706)-344-3535 ext. 20171, or email







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