Still No Sign of Missing Man from Lacey’s Spring

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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.


  • Larry l Stapler

    its sad that we can track our phones cars even our pets with gps but we cant seem to get our heads around the idea of looking out for our old folks who cant do for them self because of there reduced mental capacity we need to develop a device that can be attached to our children and old folks that cant make choices on there own such as the micro chips we put in our pets so all of this can be avoided in the future and i feel this would save lives not to mention possibly catch kid nappers and child molesters my prayers are with the family of mr payne

    • Ronnie

      There is a program called Project Lifesaver. Most of the counties in the State are involved in this program as is the Department of Public Safety. Help spread the word that anyone with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or Down’s syndrome are eligible to receive one of the bracelets that help law enforcement locate the individuals if they wander away from home. For more information on the program contact your local Sheriff’s Department to see if they are a sponsoring county. If not contact the Alabama Department of Public Safety Aviation Unit at: (334) 242-4055.

  • Christina Freeman

    I Was One Of The Firefighters Who Was Helping With The Search And Rescue Of ThIs man. I Stayed For As Long As I Could To Help Find Him. I Hope They Find Him Soon. It Is Really Cold Outside And I Wouldn’t Want To Be Out In This Weather. God Bless His Family And Him. And I Pray They Find Him And He Returns Home Safe And Sound.

  • sara_67

    please try to find him everyone should be praying for him to stay warm may the lord shine a light on him to be found do not give up hope for God loves him. bless his family jesus and him to.I will be praying that they find him soon.

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