Search continues for missing Vinemont man Jackie Hale
CULLMAN, Alabama – The search continues for a missing man from Vinemont. Jackie Hale, 51 and around 200 pounds, was last seen Tuesday, October 25 at around 2:30 p.m. on a game camera near Bangor Cave in Blount County. He wore a blue T-shirt, gray shorts and sneakers. Hale has no phone, vehicle or money. He is listed as missing and endangered.
Deputies from the Blount County Sheriff’s Office and volunteers searched the cave, but found no sign of Hale.
Hale was previously seen walking north on US Highway 31 North, just past County Road 9 in Blount County shortly before midnight Tuesday. Hale has serious health issues and has been without medication for several days.
Bounty County Sheriff’s Deputies have been searching along Highway 31 and areas around the Cullman County line and County Road 7 since Wednesday. Agencies participating in the search include Alabama Search and Rescue, Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) Aviation Unit, Huntsville Cave Rescue Unit, RAT-SAR, Bangor Fire & Rescue and Childersburg Rescue Squad.
“On Wednesday I had a group that called and said they had dogs and drones and I said, ‘Well, come on’ and there was also a state helicopter that same day that was watching everywhere,” Blount County Sheriff Mark Moon said. . “I would tell people to call 911 if they see him because he is off his meds. I don’t think he’s violent, but I still wouldn’t want people near him.
Anyone wishing to volunteer in the search for Hale should contact the Blount County Sheriff’s Office at 205-625-4127.
Hale’s daughter, Selitia Garner, and her stepfather, Keith Garner, organized their own search for Hale. To volunteer, contact Selitia Garner through her Facebook page or call or text Keith Garner at 256-636-1216.
Selitia Garner published on facebook Friday morning October 8:
Day 4 of looking for my dad. Many more volunteer groups come to help than I could ever repay for all of their efforts, no thanks to the Blount County Sheriff’s Office. If you’ve messaged, texted or contacted me through comments and I haven’t responded, I’m so sorry. I’m doing my best to hold on and keep going. I’m running on nothing but adrenaline at this point. Pissed is an understatement for the way my family was treated and the lack of human compassion that was shown towards my dad. No one should have to go through this and be treated the way we were treated.
I say all of this to ask, if you know the woods around the Bangor Caves or have search and rescue experience and have a side-by-side, four-wheeler, horses, etc. and you can come and help us today please, I’m begging at this point please contact my stepdad Keith Garner at 256-636-1216 and come help me get my dad home. I don’t know if I can make it through another night coming home and leaving him outside in the cold with nothing to eat or drink. This is an organized search, so please don’t go out into the woods without contacting us first so you don’t throw off the tracker dogs. I appreciate everything everyone has done from the bottom of my heart. I can never repay these people. I would like to thank Dallas Kim Smith (The Message of the Cross Church) for EVERYTHING they did, they got tired and collected so many donations for food, drinks and supplies for all these volunteers and allowed us to completely invade their lives and their space to house a command post. I don’t know where we would be if it wasn’t for them. I have received messages and calls from everywhere offering prayers and showing support and I appreciate all of that too.
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