New details have emerged about a 28-year-old Jasper man who disappeared Thursday of last week near Hemphill despite no leads in regards to his whereabouts. On Wednesday, records revealed that Alfred Wright
New details have emerged about a 28-year-old Jasper man who disappeared Thursday of last week near Hemphill despite no leads in regards to his whereabouts.
The search for a 28-year-old Jasper man who disappeared Thursday night after work in Hemphill has been called off, according to Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox. Maddox told KTRE news Monday night that
The search for a 28-year-old Jasper man who disappeared Thursday night after work in Hemphill has been called off, according to Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox.
Officials are currently searching for a missing East Texas man, who went missing Thursday evening.Sabine County Sheriff's officials tell us that 28-year-old Alfred Wright of Jasper went missing Thursday
Sabine County authorities say they will continue their search for 28-year-old Alfred Wright of Jasper on Monday.
JASPER, TX (KTRE) -
rumors and speculations that have been making the rounds on social media,
Sabine County Sheriff Tom Maddox said Tuesday morning that he has not received
any word that the 28-year-old Jasper man missing since Nov. 7 has been found.
Wright disappeared near Hemphill after his car overheated and broke down at the
CL&M Liquor Store on Highway 87. Wright's family said that he had been
working in Hemphill as a home healthcare physical therapist.
"If we can't find him, we hope he is still alive,"
Maddox said. "I hope that somebody does find him."
said the Sabine County Sheriff's Office hasn't received any word from Wright's
wife that her husband had been located. Although he has received several posts
and messages saying that Wright has been found at several places in Texas, he
has found no evidence to back up any of those allegations.
Maddox did say he suspects that Wright is still alive, and someone knows where
he is. The Sabine County Sheriff added that have found no new evidence that
Wright is still in Hemphill, but they are still conducting air searches.
A. Irvine Jr., Wright's attorney, said he talked to Wright's wife earlier
Tuesday morning, and said that she hadn't heard anything about her husband
week, a team effort by East Texas News staffers, who sorted through assorted
paperwork and talked to various government sources, uncovered new details about
records revealed that Wright has been charged with theft, embezzlement, theft,
or misapplication by a bank employee. A federal indictment stated that the
alleged theft or embezzlement occurred between Jan. 3 and Jan. 26, 2011.
Other documents revealed Wright excused his presence during an October 30,
2012 court hearing that was scheduled in Memphis to address a potential
scheduling conflict with his trial date. That date has since been moved to
December 9, 2013.
The document says Wright was excused through his lawyer because he
"lives in Jasper, Texas, which is roughly an eight-hour drive from
week, Sabine County authorities announced that they were calling off the ground
search efforts. As Maddox said earlier in this story, they are still looking
for Wright from the air.
While the paperwork does raise new questions as to whether or not this is a
missing person's case, Wright's attorney Jack Irvine said Wright had maintained
his innocence and despite a plea deal offered to him which had "a penalty
that was not significant," he was preparing to go to trial.
"I can tell you from getting to know Alfred that he has lived an
exemplary life. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from college. He's got a physical
therapy degree. He's got three wonderful kids and a wonderful wife and I can
tell you that his disappearance again, I can't imagine that it has anything to
do with the allegations up here in Memphis," Irvine said.
Irvine said Wright was an employee of the Memphis
bank at the time the charges were filed and he was attending the University of
Tennessee for physical therapy. He said Wright has actively proclaimed his
innocence in the defense.
KTRE reached out to Wright's family for a comment on
the indictment charges and was told that they will no longer conduct media interviews
because their lawyer has advised them not to.
On Nov. 11, CL&M store clerk J.R. said she was outside smoking a
cigarette when she watched Wright get out of his truck, put his cell phone in
his pocket, and run towards the highway heading into town.
Alfred's mother, Rosalind Wright, said she received a cell phone call from
her daughter-in-law about Alfred's truck breaking down. She said she was on the
way to Hemphill from Jasper, which is approximately a 45-minute drive, when her
Annilia Wright-Mosley, Alfred's sister, said two days prior, Wright had been
having car problems, as well.
"When his truck broke down two days before that with the alternator, he
called my mom. He waited there by the truck and she came and he was able to go
home. So, I don't know why in the world he would take off running or going
somewhere towards town," Wright-Mosley said.
On Nov. 10, authorities discovered several of Wright's items in a pasture
outside of town.
"[Authorities] told me they found his shirt, his scrub shirt … they
went down a few more feet [and] they found his pants, keys, and he had a little
silver metal deal that kept his I.D. and his credit cards in," Rosalind
The pasture is located on Coussons Drive, which is a very dark road deep in
"It's bizarre. My son would never come down that dark road by himself …
walking or running," Rosalind Wright said.
"First of all, I know my brother and to come down a road that's very eerie
like this particular road - you would have to fight him to get him down this
road," Wright-Mosley said.
A piece of clothing was also found on a barbed wire fence on the property.
Since the reveal of the federal charges, friends and family have taken to
Facebook to continue to support the search for Wright. His family has been very
active in proclaiming the type of man Wright is saying he is a "good,
Wright graduated from Jasper High School in 2003 and went on to play football
on a scholarship at Mary Hardin Baylor in 2004. He then transferred to the
University of Tennessee to pursue a physical therapy degree. He and his wife
Lauren have two sons. He also has a child from a previous relationship.
Wright is listed a black male. He is 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds. Anyone with
information is asked to contact the Sabine County Sheriff's Office at (409) 787-2266.