Dec 222010
 
Missing

Body found just off Highway 118 in Jasper

~ Maw-Maw got word shortly after Joey was found from a church member who is a Trooper that Joey was finally discovered after disappearing JUST before Christmas. Joey suffered from cancer, so we do not know what happened to him. He was found so very close to home (sigh). So I ask that your prayers go for his parents. Joey was adopted as a baby and their only child. ~JP

A body found Monday afternoon in Jasper has been identified as a 52-year-old Jasper man missing since December.

Joseph Dale Harbin was last seen alive on Dec. 11 in the parking lot of Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. On Monday, his body was identified in a wooded area just off Highway 118 by Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe.

Coy Harbin, Joseph’s father, told the Daily Mountain Eagle in December that he took his son to WBMC to meet a friend. Harbin said he had left his son in the same spot numerous times in the past. He added his son usually called a few hours later to be picked up.

“He said he was supposed to meet somebody there,” Harbin said in December. “I dropped him off in the parking lot and that’s the last time that we’ve seen him.”

Members of the Jasper Police Department, the Walker County Sheriff’s Office and the Walker County District Attorney’s Office responded to 4500 Highway 118 near the Same Day Dentures office after someone working in the woods found the body and called police.

Jasper Police Chief Danny Patton said Harbin was easily identified because his wallet was found with his body. Patton said police do not suspect foul play at this time.

“There doesn’t appear to be any foul play,” he said. “This is a death investigation, and we will continue to investigate the matter, but there’s nothing here that tells us foul play was involved.”

Poe said it appeared the body had been at the location since the time Harbin was reported missing. He said an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

“There’s not a lot that we can say at this point,” he said. “That will all be determined by what the autopsy tells us.”

Poe said final autopsy results would not be available for some time.

“It takes them a while,” he said. “It could be as soon as six weeks, but sometimes it takes four or five months. We’ll know a lot more when those final results are revealed.”

This man is the son of my mother-in-law’s friends & church members…Please pray he is found. He is the only child of elderly parent’s.His mother is in poor health and depends on Joe greatly. He lives with his parents & has not checked in for anything he may even need after he went missing eleven days ago. Thank you! ~JP

Here in our local news today: Search under way for missing Jasper man

The family of a missing 52-year-old Jasper man is searching for answers to his whereabouts.

Joseph Dale Harbin was last seen on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the parking lot of Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper. Coy Harbin, Joseph’s father, said he took his son there to meet a friend.

“He said he was supposed to meet somebody there,” Coy Harbin said. “I dropped him off in the parking lot and that’s the last time that we’ve seen him.”

Coy Harbin said he had left his son in the same spot numerous times in the past and he would call a few hours later to be picked up.

“He never called that night, and we’re worried. We haven’t heard from him since,” he said.

Louise Harbin, Joseph’s mother, said her son rarely goes more than a day without speaking to her.

“He’s always there for us, and this isn’t like him,” she said. “I would say the most I’ve gone without hearing from him is a day or two. He usually at least calls to check and see how we are doing.”

The couple has filed a missing person report with the Jasper Police Department, and they’ve also spoken with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

“We’re doing everything we can,” Coy Harbin said. “We’re getting to the point where we don’t know what to do. We just hope someone out there has heard from him or knows what has happened to him.”

Joseph Harbin is 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds. He has blue eyes and black hair. He also has “Joe” tattooed on his arm.

Anyone with information to his whereabouts should contact the Jasper Police Department at 205-221-2121 or the Harbins at 205-387-9739.

Daily Mountain Eagle

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