By WLOX Staff
HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A massive search was underway Wednesday night in the woods around Hancock High School for a student who didn't show up for his afternoon classes.
Jeffrey Brown was last seen wearing a red polo shirt and khaki shorts at the high school. The 16-year-old is about 5'2", is autistic, and new to the district.
School officials say they are worried because Brown could be lost in the dense woods surrounding the school.
Sheriff's deputies with dogs, the civil air patrol, mounted officers, school officials and volunteers are all participationg in the search.
A volunteer helping in the search did find the teen's bookbag. Jeffrey's mother, Clay Brown, told WLOX News that she's confident her son has not wandered far.
If you have any information regarding Brown, please call the Hancock County Sheriff's Department at (228) 255-9191.