Update: Foul play possible in Walker County disappearance, investigators say


Hayden Mayberry (Walker County Sheriff’s Office)

By Carol Robinson | [email protected]

A 26-year-old man has been missing from Walker County for more than two weeks and investigators on Thursday said they are looking into whether his disappearance is the result of foul play.

Hayden Mayberry, the father of a young child, hasn’t been seen since Nov. 19. Sheriff’s officials said they have executed six search warrants in connection with the case, including at least one in the Boldo community.

“Some items were discovered that could be of importance to the investigation and are in the process of being examined to determine their relevance,’’ according to a sheriff’s Facebook post.

“Please keep in mind that commentary on social media is not evidence, and all information is vetted to determine accuracy and relevance,” the post stated.

Authorities said they have been searching around the clock for Mayberry. Walker County Sheriff’s officials held a press conference Thursday. Lead Investigator Carl Carpenter said there is no physical evidence or testimony to suggest Mayberry has been kidnapped but said they have to believe foul play is a possibility at this point.

Authorities said they have Mayberry’s eyeglasses. They also said Mayberry usually calls family several times a day to check on them and has not done so since he was reported missing. His phone also has not been used since his disappearance. Cadaver dogs have been deployed in the search, Carpenter said.

On Saturday, the sheriff’s office will search a wooded area in Walker County. They are inviting the public to assist. Volunteers are asked to gather at 9 a.m. at the sheriff’s office.

“We hope to have a positive resolution,’’ Carpenter said. “We are going to make sure no stone is left unturned.”

“If there was foul play involved, we want to make sure we have the best case to take the district attorney,” he said.

Anyone with information on Mayberry’s whereabouts is asked to call the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at 205-302-6464.