A special team of firefighters trained in search and rescue concentrated search efforts Tuesday in a swamp in a heavily wooded area off Frank Satterfield Road near the home of missing 18-year-old Sam Poss.
The search by the three Georgia Search And Rescue teams was unsuccessful, Perry police Capt. Heath Dykes said.
Authorities had expected to send in cadaver dogs to run through the wooded trails before Tuesday’s search ended for the day. But because of the heat, the dogs are now expected to be brought in Wednesday morning, Dykes said.
Another aerial search with a Georgia State Patrol helicopter was done Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities also checked abandoned houses in the area, continued to interview friends and chase down reported sightings. All the possible sightings were tracked down and determined not to be Poss, Dykes said.
“We’re just doing everything we can to try not to leave any stone unturned,” Dykes said.
Authorities have combed the 200 acres of woods off Frank Satterfield Road during the past two days. A command post was set up Tuesday at the Ochlahatchee Ball Park. Blood hounds sent in during the search did not catch a scent, Dykes said.
Poss was last seen about 1:30 a.m. Saturday when he decided to walk barefoot through the woods from his friend’s home on Tucker Road to his home on Frank Satterfield Road. He had gone over to fix his friend’s computer and declined a ride home afterward from his friend because it was nice out and he wanted the exercise, his father said.
His mother, Nicole Poss, said he’d never gone missing before and that he always checked in with his family.
“I’ve never not known where he was. ... He’s never ever left without letting anybody know,” she said.
Monday, family and friends searched the wooded area along a trail that links Frank Satterfield Road and Tucker Road and throughout the neighborhood. Authorities used bloodhounds, a GSP helicopter and mobilized GSARS.
“Right now, all I’m doing is telling people to print out fliers and go with them,” Nicole Poss said Tuesday. “I’ve got people posting fliers in Macon, Warner Robins, Perry and Atlanta now. It’s all I can do.”
Nicole Poss and others have waged a campaign on behalf of her son on social media from Facebook to Twitter to YouTube to get the word out that he is missing. She and the boy’s father, Christian Poss, created a missing person’s page on Facebook for him.
“I want everyone to post fliers everywhere they can and just keep looking and keep sharing on social media because that is an amazing thing to do, and it’s getting everywhere, and that’s what I need,” she said.
Although tired mentally and physically, she said she’s not giving up.
“I’m going find him and he’s coming home,” she said. “He’s coming home.”