UPDATE: Missing man found safe

Published 4:19 pm Thursday, January 26, 2023

A local man reported missing Thursday morning in Jeff Davis Parish has been found safe.

The Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office reported that Morris Willams, 21, of Kinder was located around 4 p.m. Thursday and was being checked out by emergency medical personnel.

Local authorities spent most of the morning searching for Williams in a rural area southwest of Kinder near Village Cemetery Road on LA 383.

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Williams, who has autism, was reported missing by his mother, who told authorities that the door was open and Morris was not home when she woke up Thursday morning.

Police believe he left the residence sometime between 11 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. Thursday.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office, Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office, Fire Districts 5 and 3 and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries assisted in the search.