Sheriff's Department still searching for missing man

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Leads running thin on whereabouts of 31-year-old Cassville man

The Barry County Sheriff's Department is still searching for a Cassville man who was reported missing last week.

Mick Epperly, Barry County Sheriff, said leads are running thin in the search for Jeffrey Allen Ingram, 31, of Cassville, and deputies are not even sure if Ingram is still in Barry County.

"We have had great help with the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Department of Conservation, which helped us search the backroads and got on four-wheelers to search some areas," he said. We appreciate everything they've done to assist us, but at this point, we don't have an area to search and don't even know if [Ingram] is still in Barry County."

Epperly said the department received a tip Ingram may have visited a convenient store in Taney County, where Ingram attended school, and investigators are working to analyze video from that store to confirm if he was there.

Epperly said the department has searched through the Mark Twain National Forest, as Ingram is known to have some fishing spots there, but deputies did not locate the man.

"Tuesday and Wednesday, we used the State Highway Patrol helicopter to search the areas where he likes to go fishing, and we used the Highway Patrol's Water Division to help in the search," he said. "But, we didn't come up with anything."

Ingram, who is said to have stormed out of his Cassville home upset and carrying about $10 and a rifle, has not used any credit or debit cards that may be traced by a bank, and it is believed he has destroyed his cell phone.

"[Ingram] left his residence very upset and indicated he may harm himself," Epperly said. "He has a roommate he shares the house with, and he was in his room for a couple hours before leaving, and there were no signs of a struggle. He recently lost his job, so he may be dealing with that."

Epperly said although Ingram may harm himself, he does not believe Ingram is a threat to others.

Ingram left his residence in a 2013 Toyota Tacoma, white in color, with the license plate number 6YR132. The department is asking anyone with information about Ingram's whereabouts call the office at 417-847-6556.

"We'd like to get him found for the family's sake, and to make sure he's safe," Epperly said.

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