Search intensified for missing man

Published 10:23 am Friday, July 23, 2010

Authorities are looking for a man reported missing earlier this week.

The car of Christopher L. Haas, 37, of County Road 73, was found abandoned at Johns Creek Friday, July 16, after forestry employees called the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

Right now sheriff’s investigators are following up all leads to locate the man.

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“We have been interviewing family members and friends to get his last known location,” Deputy Charlie Hammonds said. “We are following up all the leads as they come in daily.”

Haas was last seen at the R&R Grocery on Greasy Ridge at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15. A friend, Harold White, reported Haas missing on Sunday.

According to the surveillance video from the grocery store, Haas was wearing camouflage shorts, no shirt and flip flops, according to Hammonds.

He is 5-foot-11, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He weights 185 pounds and wears glasses.

The car, a 1992 tan Honda 4-door, was checked out by investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigations.

“We are conducting a search and following up some leads,” Sheriff Jeff Lawless said this morning.

There was nothing out of the ordinary found in the car, the sheriff said.

“Is there foul play involved? We don’t know at this time,” he said. “We certainly hope not.