LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. -- Authorities and volunteers conducted a search Sunday for a Lawrence County man they say has been missing since October 2017.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said 47-year-old Steven Patrick White was last seen at his home on Hwy 101 in Town Creek on Friday, October 27. An eyewitness said they saw him leaving his home around 4 p.m.
About a dozen search dogs, volunteers and family members combed the woods near Hatton.
"We wanted to be sure we didn't miss something here," Lawrence County Sheriff Gene Mitchell said.
"We know it's a recovery because he'd never go this long without talking to our mother," Steven's sister, Delila Pierce said.
White moved to Hatton only a few weeks before his disappearance. Pierce said he left home with just the clothes he was wearing and didn't take his phone.
"Getting turned around and thinking he was heading in the right direction. He could've walked for a couple of days," Pierce said.
"You have undergrowth that's grown since then, the leaves that've fallen, and then winter, which has a tendency to cover anything laying out there," Sheriff Mitchell said.
For Sunday's search, volunteers remained close to the area where White was living. His family said White suffered from a heart condition and couldn't walk for long periods of time without getting physically exhaused. His family also said they believe White went for a walk in the woods and simply lost his way.
"He's out there. And we just want to make sure we've done everything we can to make sure he's home," Pierce said.
Despite help from the dogs and the sheriff's office, searchers didn't find Steven on Sunday. But Pierce said they'll keep looking. Sheriff Mitchell said this was their third time searching the area.
Several groups and volunteers assisted investigators in the search including the Lawrence County Rescue Squad and two teams of search and rescue dogs from the North Alabama Search Dog Association and the Southeastern Search Dog Association. Sheriff Mitchell and White's family thanks everyone who helped.
Anyone with information about White's whereabouts is asked to call the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at (256) 974-9291. There is also a $2,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts.