A local family is pleading for help from the community as authorities continue to pursue leads in the search for a Dawsonville man.
Quinton Jimmy Walls, 50, was last heard from Saturday, June 6, when he called his daughter.
A small truck Walls was reportedly driving was found abandoned on Monday, June 8, by a game warden in the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area.
Campers in the horse-trailer parking area reported seeing a man matching Walls description in the early morning hours of June 7, officials said.
An intense search was launched by Dawson County Emergency Services in coordination with the sheriffs office.
Our teams have searched on foot, on horseback, and with our K9 teams in an 8 - 10 mile radius of where his truck was found. We also floated the Etowah river from Highway 9 to Kelly Bridge Road, said Dawson County Emergency Services Deputy Chief Tim Satterfield. Theres no sign of him.
In a press conference held at the Dawson County Sheriffs office yesterday, the Walls family asked the community for their help.
We want to Jimmy to come home, his mother, Gracie Lou Walls said.
Walls attended the conference with her daughter Lavon Waite, and nephew, Lance Walls.
We were having services at church for seniors Sunday morning, and he was supposed to go to church, Waite said.
Walls, the father of two grown daughters, never showed up.
Authorities found a red polo-style shirt, which Ms. Walls said belonged to her son.
I do his laundry, she said. I know he has a shirt like that and I know its not here.
Lance Walls described his uncle as a kind and generous man.
Everyone knows him in Dawsonville. Hes a really good person, he said. A year or so ago, he helped me completely rebuild the front porch and front deck of a house I was living in. He didnt ask for anything he just wanted to help. Hes a great parent (to his daughters).
Ms. Walls agreed.
Hed give every penny he had , she said.
Emergency Services Chief Lanier Swafford said the management area has been thoroughly searched.
Weve searched the high probability areas in regard to roads, trails, and water hazards. Theres a shallow duck pond near where the vehicle was found, Swafford said. We feel very confident, hes not there.
EMS teams are working in partnership with the sheriffs office.
Theres a large horse event this weekend in Dawson Forest and people camp there, so were getting flyers out, he said. Theres a large number of people that use the Etowah river though the management area where they put, where they take out were getting flyers out. We want to keep Mr. Walls image in front of people.
Sheriffs Capt. Tony Wooten said there were no obvious signs of foul play.
Nothing indicates there was a struggle, he said.
Authorities are asking for help from the community.
If there was an accident somewhere else and they didnt want to come forward for fear theyd get in trouble, call us with an (anonymous) tip, he said. There is potential out there that somebody knows something. Was his vehicle dropped of in Dawson Forset after something happened somewhere else? If somebody knows something, call us. Dont let the family go through this.
Chief Swafford agreed.
It hurts us we cant give them back what they want, which is Jimmy, he said. The most important thing were doing right now is supporting these folks right here.
Stafford said that an area of Nimberwell had been searched and cleared on Tuesday.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriffs office (706) 344-3636.