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Fillmore man missing

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Fillmore man has gone missing and the Putnam County Sheriff's Department is looking for information regarding his whereabouts.

James Brandon Barnett, 32, was last seen near his Fillmore home Sunday around 4 p.m., according to Putnam County chief deputy Doug Nally.

"He was actually on a Dixie Chopper," Nally said. "We've been searching the area, searching potential places (he might be) such as family and friends, and we've got nothing."

Family members said Barnett is between 5'5" and 5'6", and weighs around 160 to 170 lbs. He has short hair and often wears a baseball cap. He may be wearing a leaf pattern hunting jacket. His Dixie Chopper is silver, with a white winch on the front.

"If anyone has seen anyone on a Dixie Chopper, please call," said Betty Metz, Barnett's mother.

Donna Dearwester, Barnett's aunt, said that Barnett wouldn't leave without telling anyone.

"We just know that he wouldn't just leave town. He and his son are so tight. He took him for rides all the time, he took him to work all the time," Dearwester said.

Dearwester said the family has been checking everywhere around Fillmore.

"Someone has to have seen him," Dearwester said. "I mean, it's February and he's riding a lawnmower."

Anyone with any information about James Brandon Barnett or a man riding a Dixie Chopper is asked to call the Putnam County Sheriff's Department at 653-3211.

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someone out there has to know something - people just dont disappear!

has he ever had a run in with anyone in the past - thats where i would look first? any threats from anyone towards him? anyone out to get him?

hope the police are doing all they can and looking at everything and everyone and not overlooking anything.

-- Posted by sally12 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 9:53 AM

It's unfortunate that the Banner reported this story almost 3 days after he went missing, maybe if you worked on Mon & Tues more people would have been out looking for him sooner than now. News happens Sun-Tues and for being the only local news you would think someone could have reported this to the public sooner. Prayers going out for James & his family.

-- Posted by THxGC on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 10:14 AM

Condolences to the family. This is a sad, sad ending. Rest in peace, James.

-- Posted by lindam7766 on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 12:11 PM

It's not the Banner's fault, they get their info from the police department...remember when you point a finger at someone you have 3 pointing back at yourself!

-- Posted by clgruener on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 12:38 PM

prayers go out to this family, such a tragedy...If there was any foul play involved it will be dealt with swiftly

-- Posted by K9_Handler on Wed, Feb 23, 2011, at 2:09 PM

I am James's mother and the sheriffs dept. did a good job in the search for my son. They were out looking for him by the time I left the station making the missing person report and made it to fillmore they were already there looking too. So , I want to take this time to Thank your sheriffs dept. they did all they could. And to my son , I love U and until we meet again. MOM

-- Posted by bettyboop@joink.com on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 3:51 PM

I feel your loss. My son died in an accident at the same age and my love prayers go out to you and your family. He will be with you always.

-- Posted by dumpsterdiva2 on Thu, Feb 24, 2011, at 9:43 PM

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