A Jackson County man believed missing since March has been found safe. But where he's been for the last five months has those in law enforcement shaking their heads.More >>
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -
A Moss Point man who's been missing since March has been found safe. It turns out, he's been sitting in the Jackson County Adult Detention Center the whole time.
Sheriff Mike Byrd told WLOX News that Randy Collins, 37, was arrested for public drunkenness back in March. But he gave deputies a false name and address. And since his caretakers never filed a missing persons report, no one ever connected the dots.
Those caretakers, Alfred Collins and Mattie Hall, were arrested Wednesday and charged with neglect of two vulnerable adults. The sheriff's department started investigating the pair after family members called, worried that they hadn't seen Randy Collins in months.
When deputies arrived at the home this week, they discovered another vulnerable adult who was taken to Singing River Hospital, then later released to family. The residence where the suspects lived was condemned, a young child was turned over to the Department of Human Services, and three dogs were taken by animal control.
Authorities initially said Thursday morning that Collins was charged with felony shoplifting and auto burglary charges. That's not true. Sheriff Byrd told WLOX News that when Collins was originally picked up in March, he gave deputies a different name. And someone with that name is wanted for felony shoplifting and auto burglary.
Collins has since been released from jail, and is the care of family members in north Mississippi.