Perry Police Captain Heath Dykes says the search for the missing Perry teen, 18-year-old Samuel Poss, is at a standstill after cadaver dogs searched for over two hours with no luck.
Captain Dykes says the cadaver dogs started their search at around 9:30 a.m. and finished around noon.
"We feel confident that he's not out here in the wooded area," Dykes said.
He says the Perry Police Department will continue to investigate the tips they have been receiving.
"So we'll call off the searches on our part for right now," Dykes said.
Dykes says search and rescue was focused on the woods near Frank Satterfield and Tucker Roads, because Sam may have walked through these woods after leaving a friend's house on Tucker Road early Saturday morning around 1:30 a.m. That's the last time, Dykes says, anyone saw Sam Poss.
After an unsuccessful search, Sam's father, Christian Poss, says he has mixed feelings.
"That just kind of broadens the search because now we don't know where he could be," Christian Poss said.
He says he still has hope because the cadaver dogs didn't find a body.
"It was a relief knowing that he wasn't hurt for the last few days, and we just didn't find him, and then something happened," Christian Poss said. "That was a relief, but now we just need to know where he is."
And not knowing-- he says-- is the hardest part.
"My job as a dad is to help my sons fix their problems," Christian Poss says. "Maybe not fix their problems, but help them be able to fix them, and if I don't know where he is, I can't fix it."
The Poss family says they don't have any searches planned, but they're encouraging people to meet near the cell tower on Frank Satterfield Road in Perry, to pick up fliers to spread the word about Sam.
Samuel Poss was last seen wearing a grey long sleeve shirt and grey shorts. He has curly brown hair and brown eyes. He's 5'8 and 140 pounds.
Anyone with information on Samuel Poss' whereabouts should contact the Perry Police Department at 478-988-2824.