Missing man search continues

Published 2:43 pm Friday, December 26, 2014

MILWAUKEE – The search continues near here for a Rich Square man missing since Sunday.

Officers with the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, joined by members of NC CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) along with the Gaston Rescue Squad and Conway-Severn Rescue Squad, are searching Doolittle’s Millpond for 45-year-old Donald Eugene Williams.

Donald E. Williams

Donald E. Williams

Northampton County Sheriff Jack Smith said his office was acting on information from a reliable source that led the searchers to the millpond.

“According to the information we have, the man was seen wading into the millpond on Tuesday and wasn’t seen again after that point,” said Smith. “To our knowledge, this man is unable to swim.”

Smith added that the search was initiated on Tuesday after his office was notified by family members that Williams was missing. Williams resides in the Lincoln Park area of Rich Square.

“We were unable to search on Wednesday due to the bad weather (an all-day heavy rainfall) and then Christmas was on Thursday,” he said. “We were back out here first thing today (Friday) where we were joined by NC CERT and our local rescue squads.”

The Sheriff said the search did not produce any results on Friday.

“We’ll be back out here on Saturday,” he said. “This is a fairly large millpond and we’re going over it inch-by-inch.”

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Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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