Volunteers search for missing Bossier City man near bridge where phone was found


BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – A search is underway in Bossier Parish near the bridge where the cell phone belonging to a missing Bossier City man was found.

Family members say 48-year-old Garrett Wilson has not been seen or heard from since January 23. (Photo: Bossier City Police Department)

48-year-old Garrett Wilson was reported missing from his home on Bluebonnet Drive on Sunday, Jan. 26. His family says no one has been able to contact him since Thursday, Jan. 23. Friends say his cellphone was found on a Sligo Road bridge near the intersection of LA Hwy 157 in Haughton after family members pinged it.

Family and friends are conducting the search for Wilson with the help of volunteers with the Cajun Coast Search and Rescue group. Commander Tony Wade says searchers are looking for any signs in the area that look out of place.

“We just ask them to pay close attention to anything that doesn’t fit, you know, clothing items or disturbances in the vegetation or something that doesn’t belong there. To pay close attention to those kinds of things, Tony Wade said Wednesday morning as the search got underway. “If you find a place like that, just mark it some way or another with a flag or your phone and just reach out to us to come look at the area.”

Wilson’s ex-wife Jennifer Mattison and his girlfriend Holly Lorenzen also participated in today’s search.

Mattison said, “It’s crazy and it’s not real, and we just need to find him.”

Lorenzen said, “He would give his shirt off his back. If you ever met him he’d do anything for you. He’s got issues and problems like everybody else and he’s been through a lot but he’s a good man.”

Lorenzen said she last saw him Thursday, but spoke to him Friday. He told her he was stressed and that he was going to touch base with her later before he went missing.

Volunteers are also using tracking dogs in the search.

Wilson is 6’0 tall and weighs about 230 pounds. It is unknown if he has any medical problems.

Wilson has been listed in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) as a missing person. Anyone with information on Wilson’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Bossier City Police Department at 318-741-8611.

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