James Perry Found
For the second time in two weeks, game cameras positioned in Hardeman County helped find missing persons.
This time, however, the news was not good.
A call from hunters checking game cameras led to the discovery of the body of James Perry, 83, of Bolivar, on October 1, ending the search for him that began on September 12 when he is thought to have walked away from his home at 110 Hollywood Acres Lane in Bolivar. At press time, arrangements for Mr. Perry had not yet been released.
According to Hardeman County Sheriff John Doolen, Perry was found within 1.5 miles of his home in a small creek behind the Old Granville Howell Sawmill near Highway 125 South. “At the time of his discovery, the creek had about a foot of water in it,” said Doolen. “But we think it was about four feet deep on September 12.”
“Hunters checking their game cameras saw Mr. Perry walking around,” said Doolen, adding that the date stamp was September 12.
An autopsy is being performed by the Medical Examiner from Memphis, but Doolen said they feel like they already know the results.
“We don’t expect it to be anything other than drowning.”
Doolen said an untold number of man hours and numerous agencies from outside Hardeman County lent labor and resources to the search, which lasted from September 12 to September 22, when the department began to investigate other leads.
It was the second time in two weeks a game camera helped law enforcement. A week prior, a hunter checking his remote game camera saw trespassers that turned out to be escaped fugitives from Western Mental Health Institute in Bolivar and his call to law enforcement in Bolivar helped nab the escapees.