Police asking for help in search of missing Indianola man

By BY RECARDO THOMAS STAFF REPORTER,

Indianola police are asking the public's help in locating 63-year-old David James Markham. His aunt reported that she has not seen Markham in about four months.

On April 2 at 3:39 p.m., she told officers that she has talked to several other family members, both in-state and out-of-state and they have not heard from Markham either.

However, officers made contact with a known acquaintance who said he last saw Markham on March 2 between 12:30 and 1 p.m.

The man said he dropped Markham off on B.B. King Road near the compress area. The acquaintance said that he has called Markham's phone several times since then, but has been unable to reach him. He reportedly said Markham was complaining of feeling sick. He said Markham was coughing and complaining of being cold.

Markham is described as a homeless man that has been living in abandoned buildings in the area of B.B. King Road and Mill Street. Indianola Police Sergeant Irish Johnson said officers have checked the buildings in that area, but have been unable to locate Markham and no one has seen him including a compress employees who said they have not seen him in a month.

In addition, on April 9, officers from the Indianola police and members of the Sunflower County Search and Rescue team searched unoccupied parts of the old Modern Line Products/Monsanto building with K-9's and walked the railroad tracks from U.S. 49 to the rear of the police department and checked other vacant buildings in the immediate area, but were unable to locate Markham.

If anyone knows of his whereabouts or has seen him within the last few weeks please contact the Indianola police at 662-887-1811.

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