Silver Alert prompted search on Tuesday

Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:08 PM.

Havelock police and Havelock Fire and Rescue personnel used four-wheel ATVs to look for Tompkins on Tuesday along clear lines and a trail in the forest. Morehead City police tracking dogs assisted, as did personnel aboard the Pedro search and rescue helicopter from Cherry Point.

The city also received help in the search from the Newport Police Department, the North Carolina Highway Patrol aviation unit and area troopers, Craven County Sheriff’s Office and Carteret County Sheriff’s Office. The Cherry Point base mobile command center was also sent to the scene at the intersection of Creek Drive and Railroad Street.

Authorities searched until about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and were returning to the area Wednesday morning to continue the search when Trent spotted the man.

"I'm very appreciative of those residents in the area who assisted us and to all the law enforcement and firefighters who responded to the mutual aid call for assistance," said Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus.



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