That was the last anyone in John Beach’s family saw of him. They waited until later that night before contacting the authorities, as John had not returned home to the Nancy residence that he shared with his father, who, according to Polly, is an intensive care patient.
Polly noted that Beach had been in prison for about a decade — “It was the only life he really knew” — and had only been out for 18 days when he went missing.
Beach was out on parole. He had been serving time for numerous charges. In 2003, Beach was charged with criminal attempt to commit murder, a Class B felony, after shooting at a sheriff’s deputy during a foot pursuit, among other charges including receiving stolen property.
“Mr. Beach does have a history with law enforcement in this area,” said Wood, who noted that such a history has no relevance to this search and that his department is committed to locating Beach as it would be with any other missing person’s case.
Since getting out of jail, Beach’s mind had been “not right” according to Polly.
“The way he acted when he got out of jail” was concerning to his sister. “He never went to the doctor. He had paranoia.”
Wood said that “conversations with the brother” indicated that both men had been taking the drug methamphetamine. No drug-related charges have been filed as of this time.
Wood said that investigators checked all the roads and wooded areas in the proximity of where Beach went missing, but turned up nothing. They have also done two helicopter flyovers of the area to see if they could spot any evidence of Beach’s presence from the air, but that method has been unsuccessful as well.
Sgt. Scott Trotter of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is in charge of the case, and intends to take cadaver dogs out to see if they can pick up Beach’s trail. That will depend on the weather however, and with rain expected, Wood noted that that search could be delayed be a day or two.