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Search Called Off For Missing Floyd Man

11/07/13 1:10 p.m.

By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)

Floyd County law enforcement and emergency personnel have called off the active search for missing 21-year-old Joshua Eugene Ferguson.

Citing a complete lack of new information and leads in the case, Floyd County Police Investigator MC Parris says police are not ruling out any possibility of what have happened to Ferguson, including suicide, homicide or the chance that’s he alive and simply doesn’t want to be found.

Deputy Snickers, the bloodhound made famous by his discovery and rescue of a local woman last month, found little trace of Ferguson in the surrounding woods. Parris says a cadaver dog showed interest in one area, but when it was checked by police there was no sign of Ferguson, nor was the ground in the area disturbed in any way. A GSP helicopter was called in and turned up nothing on thermal imaging in the area while a search of nearby Cedar Creek was also fruitless.

Officers recovered a quilt they believe Ferguson took with him but say it had no blood on it and appeared to have been recently washed.

Parris called the case the first of its kind in her career with this form of mystery surrounding it.

Ferguson disappeared from his home Monday and was last seen in the Coosa area. His car, keys, wallet and clothing were found at the home and his computer and cell phone were wiped clean. Officers pulled his phone records and say each call checked out.