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Fulton police continue search for DeBrodie

Fulton police continue search for DeBrodie

April 21st, 2017 by Helen Wilbers in Local News

Members of a volunteer search party set out along Stinson Creek on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to look for Carl DeBrodie, a mentally impaired man who went missing on Monday. More searches are planned through Sunday.

Photo by Helen Wilbers /Fulton Sun.

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Four days after a local, developmentally disabled man went missing, police have yet to find any sign of Carl DeBrodie, but they continue to pursue leads.
"This morning, we've searched two more areas," Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers said Thursday. "One we're searching a second or third time, and another we've searched with the drone and now on the ground."
He added police have extended the search radius to the south, and it now extends half a mile from the supported living home on Claymine Drive where DeBrodie lived. DeBrodie is legally blind.
Myers said no items of DeBrodie's clothing — which included a leather jacket, an orange-and-white striped polo, blue jeans and white New Balance shoes — have been found yet. A police dog found no trace either.
Addressing speculation DeBrodie might have been taken away in a vehicle, Myers said, "We've investigated almost 100 leads, and some have involved him being picked up."
At this point, the Fulton Police Department plans to keep the search going.
"We'll determine (the length of the search) as we go through the investigation," Myers said. "At this time, we're not thinking about discontinuing it."
Second Chance Homes of Fulton, LLC, the acting service provider at the time of DeBrodie's disappearance, released a statement Thursday through office manager Christina Case.
"All of us at Second Chance Homes are very concerned regarding the whereabouts of Mr. DeBrodie," Case said in the statement. "We are working closely with the Fulton Police and other agencies, and they have requested that we do not issue additional statements or interviews while this investigation is ongoing."
When asked for additional comment, Case reiterated the authorities had instructed Second Chance not to answer questions.
"It's really starting to get to my wife," Larry Summers, DeBrodie's father, said.
Summers said he and his wife have sought legal counsel.
"We talked to a lawyer," Summers said. "He told my wife today that right now there's nothing he can do, until they find a body or find him."
He said the public's hopes and prayers and help with the search effort are welcome.
The local group of volunteer searchers, led by Kimmy Bodle, plans to continue its efforts. They spent Thursday evening distributing fliers to local businesses and homes.
The volunteers' base of operations is Memorial Park, and Bodle has been announcing meeting times in the "Callaway County/Fulton Mo Swap Shop" group on Facebook. She can be contacted at 573-953-2080.
The Fulton Police Department urges anyone with information about DeBrodie to call them at 573-592-3100.