Jackson County

Update: Missing Gautier man makes contact, is safe, officials say

James Earl Woodward
James Earl Woodward

The Sheriff’s Office canceled a “be on the lookout” for a Gautier man after he called officials to say he was safe.

A spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office said James Earl Woodward, 40, saw news reports and contacted the investigator on the case on Thursday.

Woodward told the investigator he was staying with a friend in Moss Point and would contact family members to assure them he was OK.

A relative reported Woodward missing on Wednesday after he’d gone missing for more than a week.