After Huge Search, Missing Hunter Found in Jail

He had been picked up for public intoxication
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2017 1:44 AM CST
Updated Jan 22, 2017 3:31 PM CST
'Missing' Hunter Found in Jail
Randy Keith Holt   (Limestone County Jail)

Searchers spent hours looking for a missing hunter in north Alabama until officers realized he was actually in jail. Relatives of 50-year-old Randy Keith Holt of Hartselle reported the man missing Monday afternoon after he failed to return from a hunting trip, the AP reports. Holt didn't have a cellphone with him, so no one could contact him or track him. The Limestone County Sheriff's Department, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, firefighters, dog handlers, a helicopter, and others joined in a search. But officers realized Holt was in the Limestone County Jail once they heard his last name. He had been arrested for public intoxication near the search site before the manhunt began.

Police say they found Holt sitting on a rock by the side of the road around 2pm Monday when they responded to a call about a man wandering around with his pants down. "Holt told the deputy he was waiting for a friend who was hunting," a sheriff's spokesman tells "The deputy observed that Holt appeared intoxicated as he had difficulty standing and speaking clearly." (Read more Alabama stories.)

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