Local authorities are still searching for a Nancy man who went missing late last week after running away while suffering apparent hallucinations.
John Beach, 34, was reported missing late Friday night by members of his family, approximately 24 hours after he disappeared while out in the Elihu-Cabin Hollow Road area of southern Pulaski County.
His sister, Margaret Polly, is hoping for a safe return — but fearing the worst.
“Very,” she said when asked how worried she was for her brother’s well-being. “I feel like he ain’t living. I just don’t see him surviving.”
Beach and his brother, Robert Beach, were driving in the Elihu area late Thursday night around midnight, according to Sheriff Todd Wood, when their vehicle stalled, apparently out of fuel. The two men got out and started walking to find help.
Polly said that John Beach kept taking off running, with his brother forced to run behind to catch up. He did this “about four or five times,” she said. “He was scared somebody was in the bushes.”
Wood added that John Beach was “hallucinating, hearing what he believed to be voices in the woods.”
The residents of the first house where the men arrived and asked to use the phone turned them away. Polly said that both men were heavily tattooed and may have made the residents of the home uncomfortable.
After that, John Beach took off running again, shedding his shirt in the process. Rather than follow behind this time, Robert Beach went to the next house, where he gained entry, said Wood. Robert Beach ended up falling asleep at that location; when he woke up the next day, John had not returned.
“He figured John would come back,” said Polly. “He’d been running and got tired (so) he laid down at that man’s house and fell asleep.”