No evidence that missing Walker County man was kidnapped, investigators say

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WALKER COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — During a press conference Thursday, investigators with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office said they had no reason to believe that Hayden Mayberry, who went missing a couple of weeks ago, was kidnapped.

According to Mayberry’s family, he’s never gone more than two days without contacting his child, Braiden, and his child’s mother, Jensen Lefan.

“He was always wanting to know how he [Braiden] is and how he is doing,” says Lefan.

“This isn’t like him at all.”

Lefan describes a devoted father. Photos on both their Facebook pages show Mayberry being affectionate with their one-year-old child.

Lefan says she wants Mayberry home.

“I’ll do anything to have him back,” she says, “It don’t have anything to do with me. It’s [Braiden]. I don’t want [Braiden] to have to grow up without a father.

Investigators do believe there may have been foul play involved in his disappearance.

CBS 42 streamed the full press conference with the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigator Carol Carpenter says they’ve found several of Mayberry’s personal belongings, including his glasses.

Cell phone records indicate Mayberry has not spoken with anyone since November 19.

Carpenter says the WCSO has also conducted several interviews and searches, even searching the area Mayberry was last seen with cadaver dogs.

On Saturday, the investigative division will be searching a wooded area in Walker County and invites the public to assist. See the social media post below for details.

Mayberry, an Oakman resident, has been missing since November 19.

On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office issued a search warrant in the Boldo Community to search for Mayberry. In a social media post, the sheriff’s office stated that some items were discovered that could be of importance to the investigation.

CBS 42 reporter Jessalyn Adams tweeted details during the press conference. Here are some highlights:

If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of Mayberry, they are encouraged to contact the sheriff’s office at 205-302-6464 or submit a tip to the department’s Facebook page.


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