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Search Continues for Missing Ada Man


ADA, OK--The search continued Thursday afternoon for an Ada man that has been missing for two weeks. At of now, his whereabouts are still unknown.

Pontotoc County law enforcement agencies deployed a 20-man search team around noon on Thursday to find missing Ada resident Charles Manuel, 38. Investigators focused on a large plot of land close to where he was last seen.

"We're south of the Pickett community, west of Ada," said Ada captain Tracy Jackson.

Jackson told us that classified information led his team to Thursday's search area, which spanned about four square miles.

"We have some evidence that will suggest that Mr. Manuel--who has been missing for a few days--has been in this area," said Jackson.

Manuel was last seen leaving on foot March 12 by homeowners Mike and Susan Tatum, who declined to comment on-camera. Pontotoc County officers just moved their search behind the Tatum home late Thursday afternoon. The sheriff tells KTEN that at this point, there is no evidence that links them to Manuel's disappearance.

"Everything they have told the Ada PD detectives certainly has proven to be true," said Sheriff John Christian.

The Tatums eventually told us off-camera that Manuel left their house that night around 11 PM. Susan Tatum says they had spent the day working on an old barn. She says Manuel later cooked the couple dinner, drank 9 beers and said he was leaving to visit friends. They never saw him again.

Sheriff Christian said that there is currently no indication of foul play.

While filming, Manuel's daughter--who also declined to go on camera--pulled up and asked where her dad was.

She told us she's worried about her father, and believes he's running from the law since he owes about $40,000 in child support.

Manuel was living with his 90-year-old grandfather on First Street in Ada. Sheriff Christian says the search will continue until they begin running out of information. If you know any information, you are asked to contact the Ada Police Department.