Law Enforcement Joins Forces to Search for Missing Man

For over a month, Henry County law enforcement along with the FBI have searched tirelessly for a missing person believed to be the victim of murder. Now other search and rescue teams are lending a hand.

Saturday, the FBI along with search and rescue teams from Georgia, Alabama, and Florida will conduct a multi-state for the body of Poli Perez.

“For the family’s sake we do want to find Mr. Poli’s remains or Mr. Poli. There’s always hope until we do find something,” says Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox.

Last seen in Henry County, Perez went missing on the afternoon of May 7 while taking a break from work. A joint operations center is being established in Abbeville Saturday. Cadaver d dogs, search teams, and local law enforcement will join together to follow leads.

Sheriff Maddox says, “We’re going to search areas, some of which we’ve already searched, but we want to make sure we’ve covered all our bases. “

The cadaver dogs and search teams brought in from around the area are going to be combing through these locations very thoroughly, but they are also looking for new places of interest. If you have any information, they need your help.

“If the public knows of any place they have seen Poli in these latter days then we’ll search there too. We’ll search any lead that we have. We’re going to have enough teams that we’re going to cover a lot of area in Henry County,” says Sheriff Maddox.

The teams will gather at Abbeville High School before they split off in groups to scour locations of interest.

“We do hope we can find Mr. Poli for the family, so they can have some type of closure,” says Sheriff Maddox.

One man remains in custody at the Henry County jail in connection with this case.
Herman Cunningham is charged with stealing Perez's car.
Police are still waiting on DNA analysis at the forensic sciences lab.

If you have information that may help in this case you are asked to call Crimestoppers, 334-585-5200.


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