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UPDATE: Missing Illinois man found safe

Lonnie Hopkins

Prentiss County search crews were looking for a missing man from Illinois.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 11:42 AM
Updated: Apr 2, 2018 2:00 PM

UPDATE: According to Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar, Lonnie Hopkins has been found safe. More information to come.

Updates on his condition will be released soon.


Photo: PCSO

Photo: PCSO

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PRENTISS COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Prentiss County search crews are looking for a missing man from Illinois.

The man is identified as 70-year-old Lonnie Hopkins. He's described as an African-American man, standing 6'4" and weighing 210 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt. He has brown eyes and gray hair.

Prentiss County Sheriff Randy Tolar says Hopkins left Wheaton, Ill., on Thursday, March 29, heading to Biloxi.

He had been in contact with his family, but his phone has since died. His family said he has become very forgetful but has not been diagnosed with any form of dementia or Alzheimer's.

On Sunday, a car was found in a ditch on County Road 3421 in the Burton area of Prentiss County, near Highway 30 East. Deputies determined the car had been driven by Hopkins.

Deputies and search crews have been searching for him with no success at this point. The search continues this morning. Searchers have located personal belongings about a half mile from the vehicle in the woods.

The Mississippi Army National Guard is using a helicopter to help with the search. 

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