School Issues Alert While Police Search for Williams

A person of interest in a double homicide may be in the Wiregrass.

Police began the manhunt for Wade Andrew Williams Thursday. Williams' parents were found dead in their Northwest Florida home Wednesday.

Police believe he has been in the Abbeville area Friday, putting the high school on alert.

After police received reports that Williams could be near Abbeville high school, education officials made the decision to go into a soft lock down.

Just after 1:30 Friday morning, police received a tip of a hitchhiker, matching the description of wade Williams, being picked up near the Florida-Alabama line and dropped off along Highway 431.

While multiple law enforcement agencies, along with air support and k-9 tracking teams were searching for the man, Abbeville High School issued a high alert.

“School went on as normal other than the fact that we locked the outside doors as a precautionary measure,” Abbeville High School principal, Dale Barnes.

Abbeville Police Lieutenant Noel VanLandingham, “It was just to let the teachers and the administration know on campus to vigilant about people on campus that weren't supposed to be here. “

Although Williams wasn't found near the school Friday, principal Barnes says it's always important to be prepared.

“You look back and you see the history that's gone on at schools in the past 8 or 10 years, and you take every precaution that you can. Treat everything like it was series business,” says Barnes.

That’s exactly what teachers and administrators did.

"Everyone acted very well, no one seemed to panic," he says.

Now police are continuing to search for the man believed to be Williams. Officials still have reason to believe he's in the wiregrass area and need the public's help to make an arrest.

"Give a description and an exact location. Don't try to make contact with the subject. But definitely make contact with your local law enforcement and advise them what it's in reference to and where he may be," says Lt. VanLandingham.

There was another possible sighting of Williams east of Abbeville near state road ten about nine miles from the Georgia line, near fort Gaines.

Officers believe Williams may continue to travel east into Georgia, and should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you see anyone matching the description you should call your local law enforcement agency.


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