Authorities resume search for missing Madison man


Roy Lee Reid

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UPDATE — A small team from the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department has resumed its search for a missing Madison man.

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office has called off the search for a missing Madison man because of the winter weather that has hit much of the Piedmont.

According to the sheriff’s office, at 2:20 p.m. Thursday, 911 dispatchers received a call from a family member of Roy Lee Reid, 44, of Madison.

The family member said Reid had contacted him via cell phone and said he had fallen into a hole in a wooded area near some railroad tracks around Dodge Loop.

Search and rescue efforts by the sheriff’s office, Rockingham County Emergency Management and other emergency services personnel began shortly after the call was received.

Rescuers said they believe Reid’s cell phone may have died after he made contact with the family member.

Reid told emergency workers by phone Thursday that he was unable to call 911 due to a cell phone malfunction. Had he been able to call 911, the sheriff’s office said GPS coordinates of the phone could have possibly been plotted more accurately.

Rockingham County Sheriff Sam Page will be coordinating with Emergency Management Director Robert Cardwell to determine when it is safe for the search to resume.

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