CHEROKEE COUNTY – Area family of two men last seen in late October are hoping to be contacted by them to know that they are all right.
The family of Jacksonville residents Ralph T. Bounds, 42, and Jaden Raye Bounds, 18, said because they last heard from the elder Bounds on Oct. 29, they contacted the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office for assistance.
According to an incident report filed Nov. 19 with CCSO, Tracy Ann Bounds of Granbury told sheriff's officials that her nephew Jaden is a special needs adult, diagnosed with ADD, ODD, ADHD and is autistic, while her brother Ralph “also suffers from depression and anxiety.”
However, CCSO Lieutenant Jonathan Hughes said that “in speaking with the family and inquiring about (Jaden's) autism and other issues, we're not worried that he is in any type of danger.”
Ms. Bounds reported having last heard from her brother Ralph, who resided on County Road 3310, on Oct. 29 “and was expecting him to come to her her house (on the weekend of) Nov. 15.”
However, when he hadn't arrived, she began trying to contact him by phone and through social media, to no avail.
“(She) attempted to call Ralph's job, but could not get into contact with anyone,” then contacted his daughter who also wasn't able to get in touch with Ralph Bounds, the report noted.
The daughter's attempts to contact her father's workplace yielded information that “no one by (that) named worked there,” the report added.
Family contacted the men's landlord, who told the women he had last seen them on Nov. 1 and that the senior Bounds had been having problems with his phone, the report stated.
They also contacted another relative in Henderson, whom the two men were known to visit from time to time, but were told that they hadn't heard from Bounds in awhile either.
Meanwhile, the landlord told sheriff's officials that when he checked the Bounds' residence on Nov. 17, he “noticed that Ralph had moved all of his and Jayden's belongings out of the house.”
The Cherokee County Sheriff's Department asks that if anyone sees either man, to please contact the office at 903-683-2271 with information.