Tuesday, October 16, 2012

TOP STORY >> Reward offered for missing man

James "DJ" Heath

Leader staff writer

A $500 reward has been offered to anyone with information that leads to the safe return of a missing Cabot man.

James “DJ” Heath, 46, has not been seen by friends or family since Sept. 16.

An anonymous Cabot resident has offered to pay the reward for information about Heath’s whereabouts or the circumstances about his disappearance.

Sgt. Dwayne Roper, who is investigating the case for the Cabot Police Department, said they are still talking to Cary Carter. He was arrested in Jacksonville while driving Heath’s white 1999 Chevy van 10 days after Heath disappeared. But help from the public is needed.

Before he disappeared, Heath lived with his friend Matt Brannon. Brannon said Heath was treated at the emergency room of Springhill Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock the day after his disappearance.

But because of federal laws about patient confidentiality, he couldn’t find out the reason Heath was there.

On Sept. 26, Jacksonville police detained Carter.

Capt. Kenny Boyd, spokesman for the Jacksonville Police Department, said Carter jumped out of the van and ran after he was stopped by a police officer in a construction area near the liquor stores near Cabot.

Carter was charged with fleeing on foot for running from the officer and theft of property for items in his possession that allegedly did not belong to him.

Both are misdemeanors, Boyd said.

Brannon said he didn’t believe his friend would let anyone borrow his van because it was his most prized possession.

Heath is disabled from an injury he sustained as a teenager.

Anyone with information or questions about Heath should contact Roper at 501-743-2449 or 501-843-6166, or call the Cabot Police Department at 501-843-6526.