Silver Alert issued for missing Belzoni man

Willie C. Purnell

The man is identified as Willie C. Purnell, 64, of Belzoni

Posted: Jan. 8, 2019 4:24 PM
Updated: Jan. 8, 2019 4:34 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - A Silver Alert has been issued for a missing Humphreys County man.

The man is identified as Willie C. Purnell, 64, of Belzoni. He’s also known as “Nor.”

Belzoni is in Mississippi Delta, west of Tchula.

He is described as a black male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs 160 pounds with graying hair and dark eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a blue shirt and a gray sweater.

Purnell was last seen the morning of Jan. 2 near the Zip Trip store on Highway 49.

Witnesses said he accepted a ride from the store in a small, black Nissan car. The car’s year, model and license plate number are unknown.

There is no description of the driver.

Family members say he suffers from a medical condition that may impair his judgment.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Department at 662-247-2551.

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