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7/18/2011 12:35:00 PM
UPDATE: Alleged sighting of missing man does not pan out

UPDATE - July 18: According to a news release, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office received a credible tip on Thursday, July 14, that Terry Z. Ferrell was seen recently at a Camp Verde area restaurant.

Deputies obtained video of the event and, according to his girlfriend, the subject seen by the restaurant employee was not Ferrell.

The YCSO still is seeking help from the public in locating Ferrell. Recent area search missions around his home have been unsuccessful.

Prior reports - July 14: The Yavapai County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding Terry Zane Ferrell after it received a tip that Ferrell was seen Sunday at a restaurant on Highway 260 just off Interstate 17 in Camp Verde.

"Deputies received a tip about a possible sighting of Ferrell at a restaurant in Camp Verde and are following up on some leads," said Dwight D'Evelyn, spokesman for the YCSO. "We want people to keep a look out for him and call us if they see him."

Anyone who has seen Ferrell, especially in the Camp Verde area, since he left his home on Sunday, July 3, is asked to call YCSO immediately at 928-771-3260 or Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

Ferrell is 5-foot-9, weighs about 160 pounds, and has blue eyes, blonde hair with evident balding on the back of his head, and Fu Manchu-style facial hair. No clothing description is available other than he occasionally wears a tan baseball cap.

"The deputies are talking to those witnesses right now, so I don't have additional details to release yet," D'Evelyn said. "But we will release updates."

Deputies have been searching for Ferrell since he was reported missing by friends and family on Tuesday, July 5, after he walked away two days earlier from his home in the 11700 block of Dusty Trail in Coyote Springs, D'Evelyn said.

Ferrell left behind his cell phone and his vehicle, D'Evelyn said.

YCSO also confirmed Wednesday that Ferrell likely possesses a handgun and is in a despondent mental state, which precluded the initial use of unarmed search and rescue volunteers to find him, D'Evelyn said.

Forest patrol deputies, who are armed, have been looking for Ferrell since he was reported missing and conducted several flyovers of the area near his home and Mingus Mountain but saw no sign of him, D'Evelyn said.

On Tuesday, YCSO used three volunteer quad teams under the supervision of armed deputies to search in the wilderness area north of Ferrell's home to Mingus Mountain from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., but Ferrell

was not found, D'Evelyn said.

The two-day delay in reporting Ferrell missing to YCSO has made the search more difficult, and deputies have interviewed family, friends, and co-workers to determine where he might be, D'Evelyn said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Article comment by: Jocelyn Ferrell

To you jokers, didn't your mother ever tell you if you don't have something nice to say don't say anything at all? To you actually concerned people, thank you so much for your well wishes and prayers. I have come to the decision that if he doesn't want to be found, then we won't find him. Other than that all I can do is pray and trust that God will keep him. I love you daddy, I wish you would come home.

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Article comment by: Donna Wendel

Thank you to those with genuine concern for Terry and his family. To the others, I can only pray that you will NEVER have to face what they are going through. If this was your family member, would you appreciate the jokes at the family's expense? I don't think so. This family has enough to deal with, without your remarks. To the family~ you are all in my prayers!

Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Article comment by: To the YCSO

This story is not sounding right at all. There are many inconsistencies and conflicting dates, times, and issues of health problems that create suspicion. I hope the YCSO has gone out the property and searched for clues. The girlfriend should give authorities access to the doctor this man saw before his disappearance. Please continue on the search for the Ferrell family. Please find Terry Ferrell.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Pat Gustrick

I thought it was a great joke considering the possibility that this individual may actually be sitting under an umbrella drinking a cold one.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Gus Patrick

@ Crazy Ed
A family is wondering what has happened to their family member, and all you can do is make lame jokes? Get a life!
I can't imagine what the Ferrell family and friends are going through. To have your hopes raised by this possible sighting, to having it turn out to be bogus.
I hope that resolution comes sooner, rather than later.

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: crazy ed

LOL restaurant sighting did not pan out LOL. get it "pan out"

Posted: Monday, July 18, 2011
Article comment by: Hank W.

It's difficult finding someone whom doesn't want to be found.
Sounds like he is dining out on his "lost voyage".
People may have better luck finding him at a dining hall.

Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Article comment by: Former Mrs.

Sandy, my heart goes out to your family. I know the anguish you are going through. I was married to a man that just disappeared, was also spotted in another town not far away, then the trail went cold. Two months later he returned. He had gone back east with a girlfriend. Seems it didn't work out for them, so he wanted to come back home. Needless to say, by that time and the anguish my family had suffered, he was free to keep going. I hope Terry is safe and has just made some bad choices.

Posted: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Article comment by: Sandy Ferrell

Ah, what a great article! The most (and best, I suppose) news I've had to pass on to the family yet. Despondent =/= suicidal or dangerous SO happy to see that change in vernacular. Also pleased as punch to know that he's being actively looked for that was a burden on our hearts. On behalf of the whole Ferrell family I'd like to thank The Daily Courier for continuing to cover this story.
I'd also like to add one detail that may help in the search: If you notice in the new photo, Terry's skin in red. The photo doesn't do it justice, it's -very- red. It's not a sunburn, it's a symptom of a blood disease, and it might make him easier to identify in a crowd.

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