Sheriff Ana Franklin said 74-year-old Franklin Howard Payne was last seen around 1 a.m. at his home on Pine Hill Circle in Lacey's Spring. Franklin said Payne suffers from dementia, and may tell people he is 47 years old.
Today, the Morgan County Sheriff's Posse began searching wooded areas near Payne's home on horseback. Deputies are also searching the area with 4-wheelers and a helicopter.
The sheriff's office slowed the ground search last week following leads that Payne flagged down a car like he's done in the past. But none of the leads turned out to be Payne.
"His dogs have come back and so that's really worrisome for us" said Franklin. "He left with two of his dogs and they came back two days ago so we're really concerned now knowing that they wouldn't have left him."
Morgan County deputies, Lacey's Spring volunteer firefighters, and the Morgan County Rescue Squad are all taking part in the search. They have set up a command off Highway 36 in Lacey Springs.
Franklin said the search will continue on Friday. The rescue squad will use boats and cadaver dogs to search ponds and creeks in the area.
Payne is 5'10", weighs 175 pounds and has white hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. He is believed to be wearing a black coat, black pants, black dress shoes and a dark-colored T-shirt.
Anyone with information about Payne's whereabouts is asked to call the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at (256) 301-1174.