Search Continues for Alabama Man in Pike County

By: Amy Walker Email
By: Amy Walker Email

The search continues today for a man from Alabama last seen in Pike County two weeks ago. Crews say they still have very little information about what might have happened to 19-year-old Matthew Dobbs.

Rescue crews say they don't know why Matthew Dobbs disappeared two weeks ago. But officials say family members last saw him walking near a Super 8 Motel in Pikeville.

"Family members, some thought he could have fallen in the river or whatever, but the possibility exists that maybe he caught a ride and went elsewhere," said Pike County Emergency Management Director Doug Tackett.

But with little information to go on, search teams keep looking around the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy river.

"When we started the search a couple of weeks ago, the river was up around 13 1/2 feet. Now it's gone down to 8 1/2 feet, so we're coming back to check the river since it's gone down," Tackett said.

Officials say Dobbs and his family stopped at the Super 8 Motel to rest while traveling to Virginia. But search crews say they don't know if foul play is involved, and they don't think his body is at the motel. Some search dogs have shown interest around the riverbanks, and Tackett said that so far, they have no where else to look in the investigation.

"Make sure we cover everything we possibly can to make sure he's not anywhere here, and after that look at law enforcement to tell us anything we don't already know," said Tackett

So until they get new information, search teams say they are determined to rule out the possibility that Matthew Dobbs is still here.

Dobb's father, David Dobbs was arrested the night Matthew went missing for charges unrelated to Matthew's disappearance. Officials say Matthew Dobbs is still considered a missing person at this time.

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