Rescue Crews Continue Search For Alabama Man


Pike County rescue crews are searching Saturday for a missing Alabama man who was last seen in Pikeville. Officials say there are still no sign of Matthew Dobbs.

Rescue crews combed the Big Sandy River in Pikeville, looking for any sign of 19 year old Matthew Dobbs.

"So far we hadn't found anything. We had one dog that had one hit," said Glen Adkins, Millard Fire and Rescue Chief.

No one knows if dobbs is alive or not.

"There's no clues, he's just disappeared," said Laci Dobbs.

Family members say Dobbs and his wife and father were on their way to Virginia from Alabama and stayed in a Pikeville motel last weekend. They say he and his wife got into a fight, and then he was just simply gone, nowhere to be found.

"Matthew, he's never up and gone. He's a homebody, and that's why we don't understand why he's disappeared into thin air," Laci said.

Crews hope one dog's trail to the river is a clue, but they aren't sure.

"One dog had one hit. It was an uncomfirmed hit. We went back and drug probably a 400 foot area today, didn't come up with anything," Adkins said.

Even though crews came up empty handed Saturday, they aren't giving up. They will continue searching, looking for any sign of Matthew Dobbs. They plan to search a 15 mile stretch of the river.

"Hopefully by that time with digs on the water and dogs on the ground, we'll be able to come up with something," Adkins said.

His family hopes he's just lost somewhere.

"He could be disoriented, confused, he doesn't know that area whatsoever," Laci said.

Rescue crews hope to find where he is.

Police stress they don't know if foul play is involved or not. They also say Matthew Dobbs is still considered a missing person at this time.


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