Authorities are searching for an area man after he made a series of bizarre posts on a Facebook page.
A “be on the lookout” broadcast went out to South Arkansas law enforcement about 4 p.m. Saturday for Charles Walthall of Garland City. He was believed to be driving a white-colored Ford Explorer with a Kansas City Chiefs logo in the rear window.
Members of the public alerted law enforcement on Saturday morning after Walthall apparently made a strange post on a Facebook page that he manages.
The page, “Columbia County Historical Society (Magnolia, Arkansas)” usually features posts about aspects of Columbia County history made by Walthall and other page members.
However, in the past week, Walthall has been posting fictitious stories about deceased Magnolia area residents.
About 8 a.m. Saturday, Walthall apparently made a post on the page in the style of a news article, relating that he had killed family members and then taken his own life by shooting himself while jumping from the Red River Bridge at Garland City. The post contradicted itself by saying Walthall had killed himself at his home.
The river separates Miller and Lafayette counties.
Walthall’s family was reported safe, but Walthall himself is missing. He has not made any additional posts since the 8 a.m. posting.
Contrary to a report on social media, Walthall is not in Columbia County custody, Sheriff Mike Loe told magnoliareporter.com on Saturday afternoon.
Lafayette County Sheriff Obie Sims said that reports that Walthall had jumped from the bridge are false.
“This guy is posting all kind of crazy stuff on Facebook. None of the stuff he has said is true,” Sims said.
The Miller County Sheriff's Office has not responded to a request for information about the incident.
People with information as to Walthall's location should contact their local law enforcement agency.