Sam Poss, 18, a June high school graduate, was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Saturday — telling a friend whose computer he’d just fixed that it was nice out and he wanted to walk home.
“But he never made it back home,” said his father, Christian Poss.
The younger Poss had gone over to his friend’s house on Tucker Road to fix his computer. He decided he wanted to walk the half-mile home — barefoot — which wasn’t unusual for him, his parents said.
Sam Poss lives with his father near the end of Frank Satterfield Road. His parents are divorced.
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His mom, Nicole Poss, said it’s not like her son to go missing.
“He wouldn’t worry us about anything,” Poss said. “He keeps in touch with us all the time.
“It’s just not like him to be gone,” she said.
About 30 friends joined his parents Monday in a search for Poss in the neighborhood and along a dirt path that runs from Tucker Road to Frank Satterfield Road.
Authorities used a Georgia State Patrol helicopter to search the heavily wooded area off Frank Satterfield Road and blood hounds were brought in from Crisp County and Dooly County law enforcement agencies to aid in the search, Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said.
Also, a special team of firefighters trained in search and rescue joined the search Monday on all-terrain vehicles.
Perry police also looked at recent calls on Sam Poss’ cellphone, but his mom said he’d left it at his dad’s house and did not have it with him when he went to his friend’s house.
Police also were taking a look at his computer to see if any clues could be gleaned, and they were talking with his friends, Dykes said.
His mother reached out to friends via Facebook.
“It doesn’t look like he ever made it home and he probably walked through the woods,” the post said. “The only thing I know to do is go looking. Join us if you can. Thanks for the prayers everybody.”
The post shows a smiling Sam Poss in his Perry High School graduation gown. His father said Poss was in the marching band in high school and loves music and computers.
Sam Poss also hopes to join the U.S. Navy.
His friend had offered to give him a ride home early Saturday, but Poss wanted to walk home and get some exercise, Perry police Maj. Bill Phelps said.
Poss was wearing a gray long-sleeve shirt and gray shorts. He was described as white male, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, about 140 pounds, with curly brown-black hair, freckles and brown eyes.
Police are asking for the public’s help in locating him.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Perry police Detective Quridsha Gilliam at 478-988-2824, or 478-988-2834.