Search Called Off For Wanted Man Feared Missing

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

The search was called off for a wanted Powell County man after authorities learned he was not lost in the woods after all. He reportedly called a deputy last night reporting he needed help after running from authorities trying to arrest him.

Authorities spent hours Thursday night and Friday morning looking for Donnie Catron, but had to call off the search around 5:00am Friday because of the dangerous cold.

Police say Catron ran off after a deputy approached his home in Clay City around 8:00pm Thursday.

"He had a warrant out for failure to appear in court for a traffic violation and theft of a credit card charge", says Deputy Robert Mathews, with the Powell County Sheriff's Department.

Catron's mother, Judy Barnett, drove him away from their home on Hidden Valley Road and the fled into the woods. He then reportedly called a deputy around 9:30pm saying he was cold, wet and lost. Authorities began searching for Catron.

"We didn't want him to be out there freezing to death", says Deputy Mathews.

Authorities were unable to find Catron. When they were called to an overnight burglary at his neighbors home this afternoon, they decided to check his home again.

A person living with Catron told 27 NEWSFIRST the man came home around 6:00am Friday and got some of his things before taking off again.

Police are now investigating the possibility Catron may be responsible for the break-in at his neighbors home.

Catron's mother was released from jail Friday afternoon. Police charged Judy Barnett with attempting to allude police and reckless driving. They say she was driving the car when Catron jumped out and ran into the woods.

If you know where Donnie Catron may be, please contact authorities.

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  • by Carolyn Location: Salem,In. on Jan 20, 2009 at 03:53 PM
    I hope He never finds my Credit Card... We need to be more careful, and we need to work for what we get.And not steal from someone else. Hey you, Get A JOB!!!!!
  • by Joey Location: Lex on Jan 20, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    On the brighter side; if he really was lost in the woods, at least the bears got something to eat! If someone runs from the police and gets lost in the woods, I say let them go unless they are a murderer or child molester. In that case, you empty the zoo and let them go after him. Here kitty kitty...LOL!
  • by RCC Location: KY on Jan 17, 2009 at 04:19 PM
  • by spencer Location: mt.sterling on Jan 16, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    shame on mom shame on mr catron time and money hunting for him what about all the people looking for him in -2 degree weather lock him and his mom up and throw away the key
  • by Joyce Location: Burnside on Jan 16, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    I hope when he is caught, that he has to serve a long time for endangering the lives of people who wanted to help him in the freezing temperatures. It seems like he took advantage of compassionate natured people.
  • by Tony Location: Burnside on Jan 16, 2009 at 11:33 AM
    I am sorry, I think the police fell a sleep on this one.. Didn't they atleast question the story a little? .. Why not put men in the woods and someone at his home just in case he's pulling a scam?
  • by Veronica Location: Berea on Jan 16, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    That took some the police and let them search for you..while you're at home getting stuff together so that you can run...WOW. I feel sorry for the rescue team that was out all night, in freezing weather looking for this man.
  • by Angry Location: Lexington on Jan 16, 2009 at 10:46 AM
    As a former resident of Powell County, I am familiar with this family. When I first heard about this and the phone call made to police saying he was lost, I wondered if he hadn't made the call just to keep them looking in the wrong place. When he's caught, and he will be caught I'm sure, he should be charged with wanton endangerment. One count for each person out in subzero temperatures searching for him when he was already somewhere safe.
  • by Jon Location: Clay City on Jan 16, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    He's not lost. He wouldn't have called dispatch and said he was lost believe that. He's probably at home or in Winchester.
  • by Matt Location: Lexington, KY on Jan 16, 2009 at 09:19 AM
    Morale of the story: DON'T RUN FROM THE POLICE!


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