Search Continues For Missing Taylor Co. Man

11:59 AM, Jan 6, 2011   |    comments
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  • James Dudley Byers "Trey"
  • Michelle Posey Young fights back tears as she talks about her son's disappearance.
  • James Dudley Byers one-year-old daughter Marissa Humphreys
  • James Dudley Byers "Trey"
  • James Dudley Byers

The GBI interviewed the family of 22-year-old James Dudley Byers on Wednesday.  He went missing nearly three weeks ago, after he left his Reynolds home to go to a party in Bibb County, according to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office.

Friends and family also know James Dudley Byers as "Trey."  His mother, Michelle Posey Young, says her youngest son never went a day without texting or calling her.  She says her maternal instincts signaled something was off after he went to a party on Saturday, Dec. 18 and didn't return.

"Monday, we started getting worried," said Young.  "Tuesday, we filed a report."

Sheriff Jeff Watson says the investigation is focusing mostly on other counties, like Bibb, where Byers was last seen and Crawford, where he has friends.  He says he's not sure if foul play is involved.

"You know, when they've gone this long, you start to think so, but I don't have any evidence to prove either way," said Watson.

He says they've weighed factors including the length of time Byers has been gone and unusual behavior such as not calling his mom.  He says Byers is not a danger to himself or others.  Young calls Byers a caring father who had no enemies.

"He's got a heart of gold, type of person that you know if you need anything, he's right here for you, he'll give you the shirt off his back," said Young.

Family members say Byers is a native of Reynolds and will turn 23 years old on Jan. 23.  They say he attended Taylor County High School and was working on his G.E.D. 

He was unemployed for the past couple weeks, Young said.  He just finished up a painting job and wanted to continue working in construction and maybe get a job on the base.       

Watson credits the family for taking an active approach, like posting "Missing" posters around the area, working with investigators and staying on high-alert.

If you have any information contact the Taylor County Sheriff's Office at 478-862-5444.










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