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Search for missing man under way in Dawson Forest
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DAWSONVILLE — A large-scale search of the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area is under way as authorities from several agencies look for a Dawsonville man who was last seen Saturday.

Quinton "Jimmy" Walls, 50, was reported missing Monday.

The truck he was driving was found that night, near the horse trailer parking lot in the management area off Dawson Forest Road.

Teams have been searching the area the last several days.

Tim Satterfield, deputy chief of Dawson County Emergency Services, said canine, ground and horse-mounted search crews have covered a more than a 10-mile radius from where the truck was found.

"We also sent a couple of paramedics in a canoe down the [Etowah] river from the put-in on Hwy. 9 South Wednesday to check the riverbanks," he said.

Speaking for the family, Christine Sellers said Walls was last heard from Saturday night when he called his daughter.

"He's been gone a day or two before, but never nothing like this," she said. "And he was in his mother's truck, so he wouldn't just go off and keep it like this."

His mother, Gracie Lou Walls, filed the missing person's report Monday with the Dawson County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Capt. Tony Wooten confirmed the office is investigating the case.

"We currently are at a debriefing with [the department of natural resources] and searchers. At this point, an investigation is ongoing and searchers are and have been looking since Monday," he said.

He added: "There were no signs of foul play in or around the vehicle located in Dawson Forest."

Jimmy Walls is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs about 165 pounds. He has brown hair and blue eyes.

His family said he was wearing blue jeans and a checkered shirt when they last saw him.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 344-3636.