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New evidence located in the case of a missing Lauderdale County man

LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. - Authorities in northwest Alabama continue their search for a missing Lauderdale County man. Tuesday night, deputies received a promising lead and went into the woods Wednesday morning near the Tennessee state line.

As the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Posse searched the roadways and woods on County Road 178, Sheriff Rick Singleton could only hope they found Robert Childers.

He was reported missing on September 19, three days after walking away from his home in the Cloverdale community.

Robert Childers (Courtesy - The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office)

Tuesday night, a hunter contacted the sheriff about a picture he caught on a game camera. Sheriff Singleton said it appears to be the 51-year-old, tattered from days in thick woods.

“This is not too awfully far from where he lived,” explained Singleton. “So we felt obviously compelled we needed to check it out. So our posse came out this morning and they rode the woods.”

The Posse said the woods were so thick in places, they lost track of one another.

According to Singleton, they were unable to find any sign of Childers, but added the picture at least gives them something to move forward with.

“Obviously that’s someone’s loved one, and he is out here on his own, especially if he is out here in the woods. Hopefully, what we are hoping, he’s gone to someone else’s home and he is safe and sound,” stated Singleton.
If you have any information on the disappearance of Robert Childers, please contact the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office at (256)760-5757.