Search for Americus man continues

Published 1:00 pm Thursday, February 18, 2016

AMERICUS — The search for an Americus man missing since  Feb. 4 continues.
The Americus Police Department identified the missing man as James Darron Fuller, 26, of 302 Hosanna Circle, Americus. He is described as a black male, 5’07”, 170 lbs.
Americus Police conducted a traffic stop at 11:30 p.m. Feb. 3  at 3 Squares Diner, 1204 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., on Fuller’s vehicle for an expired tag. Fuller fled the scene on foot to the area behind the Kangaroo store and the diner. The officer in pursuit of Fuller said he heard a splash when the chase led to the Muckalee Creek. Fuller’s family contacted police shortly before 6 p.m. Feb. 4 because they had not heard from him since the night before.
The search, conducted by the Americus Police Department, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Georgia State Patrol, was called off on the afternoon of Feb. 5 when gusty winds grounded the search helicopter and high waters caused by previous heavy rains thwarted efforts.
Maj. Richard McCorkle, head of the criminal investigations division, Americus Police Department, said members of the Sumter County Fire & Rescue dive team came out on Feb. 12 and did multiple underwater searches of Muckalee Creek, but still Fuller has not been found.
McCorkle had high praise for the dive team.
“I can’t say enough about the cooperation and participation the dive team has extended to the Americus Police Department,” he said.
The Americus Police Department is asking anyone who has information on Fuller, to call the Criminal Investigations Division at 229-924-4550 or call 911.
— Beth Alston