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|Parents seeking information on missing son -- Casey Herring|
The mother and stepfather of 30-year-old Casey Herring of Ferriday are asking anyone with information on their son's whereabouts to call 318-757-9107 or 601-807-1834.
Herring was last seen on Sunday, October 25, in the parking lot of the Natchez Visitor's Center wearing blue jeans, a blue t-shirt, socks and no shoes.
"I saw him standing at Best Western in Natchez at the bridge at about 8:33 p.m. on Sunday, October 25," said Herring's mother, Brenda Olsen. "He had a doctor's appointment the next morning in Shreveport."
The last time Herring was seen by witnesses was about 30 minutes later. He had asked the hotel manager to call for an ambulance. Herring's mother said he had recently broken his ankle and was suffering complications from the injury.
She also said she believed he was suicidal: "He was very despondent."
"When the ambulance arrived and the back door was opened, something freaked him out and he took off," said Herring's stepfather, Randy Olsen. The Olsens live on Lake Concordia, and said Casey Herring had been living in a cottage on the back of their property. They said Herring's car is still parked at their home and inside the vehicle are three suitcases packed with his clothes and personal possessions.
The Olsens say Herring was last seen on the parking lot of the Natchez Visitor's Center.
Natchez Police Chief Mike Mullins said the department "is conducting an investigation to determine his whereabouts."
"Casey had been taking some pain medication due to his ankle," said Randy Olsen. "He also had problems with drugs in the past, was an occasional user and had an arrest record. But he has never gone two days without calling his mother, his grandmother, an aunt or his father. And that's been the case in the 25 years I've been married to Brenda."
A short time after he was reported missing, the Olsens heard from an individual who lives on Lake St. John that she was crossing the westbound bridge from Natchez to Vidalia and spotted blue jeans and a blue tee-shirt hanging over the first rail on the midway point of the bridge. They had previously heard, too, that Herring had told a friend that he was going to jump off the bridge.
"We learned that his clothes had been seen on the bridge about two weeks after he went missing," said Olsen. We drove across the bridge and the clothing was not there."
Olsen said the Coast Guard was notified of the possibility that Herring had jumped from the bridge and "have put a maritime alert to all river traffic."
Brenda and Randy Olsen do not believe that Herring met with foul play. Instead, they are concerned that he may be wandering about in a disoriented state, which could have been induced by taking illegal drugs along with prescription drugs.
"We just want to find him," said Brenda Olsen.
The Olsens describe Herring as 5 ft.-11 in., 140 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes.
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