Still No Sign of Missing Man from Lacey’s Spring

MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Nearly a week after he disappeared, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office continues to ask for the public’s help to find a 74-year-old man from Lacey’s Spring.

Franklin Payne has dementia.  He has been missing since last Tuesday, December 10.

The Sheriff’s Office received some tips and possible sightings, but none led them to finding Payne.

Franklin Payne, more recently (Photo provided by Morgan County Sheriff's Office)

Franklin Payne, more recently (Photo provided by Morgan County Sheriff’s Office)

Payne is 5’10” and weighs about 175 pounds. He has white hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.

A recent picture showed he has a tattoo of a skull and crossbones on the front of his left hand.

At the time of his disappearance early Tuesday morning, he was believed to be wearing black pants, a black jacket, a dark-colored t-shirt and black shoes.  He may also have two dogs with him, black and white Shih Tzus.

Payne was last seen near his mobile home on Pinehill Circle in Lacey’s Spring.  He lives behind some family members who were taking care of him.

Lt. Terry Kelly, with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, said Payne may tell people he’s going to ‘Huntsville, Texas’ and may also say he’s 47 years old.

Several agencies helped in the initial search in Lacey’s Spring, including the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Lacey’s Spring Volunteer Fire Department and the Morgan County Rescue Squad.

If you see anyone who resembles Mr. Payne, or who has the two dogs, please call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office at (256) 301-1174.


Investigators in Morgan County say the search for Payne could have been much easier if he was wearing a tracking bracelet, which is part of the Project Lifesaver program.

Project Lifesaver nationwide is credited for helping locate and rescue hundreds of people. If you would like to learn how to join Project Lifesaver CLICK HERE.


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