Officials searching for missing Webb man

By CLAY MCFERRIN,

Officials are asking for the public’s help in their search for a missing Tallahatchie County man.

John Leo Hill IV, 59, of 304 Albin-Mikoma Road, Webb, is a white male with brown hair and brown eyes, standing 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing about 190 pounds, according to information from his last driver’s license renewal in 2014.

Tallahatchie County Sheriff William Brewer said one of Hill’s sons, who lives in Sunflower County, notified authorities Monday that the man was missing.

However, officials soon learned that Hill’s last confirmed contact with anyone was several weeks ago.

“He has been missing since probably around the middle of August, based on our investigation,” Brewer noted.

On Tuesday, local officials explored the perimeter of Hill’s rural residence, aided by several-dozen volunteers, including personnel from Bolivar County Search and Rescue, Brewer said.

Aside from saying that Hill’s vehicle was parked at the residence, the sheriff was tight-lipped about what, if anything, the search revealed.

While stopping short of admitting that foul play is suspected, Brewer did say that “suspicious circumstances” surround Hill’s disappearance and added that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the case.

Brewer hopes that someone with information about Hill will come forward.

“If anybody has seen him in the last three or four weeks, we would like to know,” the sheriff said.

Brewer said anyone with information may call the Tallahatchie County Jail in Charleston at 647-5511.


IN THE PHOTO: John Leo Hill IV, in a photo from his 2014 driver's license


UPDATE (Sept. 8, 4:55 p.m.): Tallahatchie County Sheriff William Brewer said officials still have not located Mr. Hill despite expanding their search and employing multiple tactics.

“We’re still looking. We’ve had an airplane in the air and we’ve had divers in the water,” he noted, when asked about a report that officials were searching the Tallahatchie River in the area of Sheley Bridge on Wednesday.

Brewer said they were not acting on any particular information when they searched that location.

“We’re just looking anywhere and everywhere we can think to look right now," he added.