Nathan Barfield

Nathan Barfield

A local family can breathe a sigh of relief after a Polk County man who was missing, found but never returned home has been located in Haralson County alive and well.

Sheriff Johnny Moats reported that he received a call from officials at the Haralson County Sheriff's Office that Nathan Barfield was located walking along a roadside this morning by officers, alive and well.

A second search for Barfield was undertaken on Tuesday in Haralson after it was reported that he had left his car near the unoccupied Terry's Market close to the intersection of Highway 27 South and Mormon Church Road.

Barfield's cousin Whitney Mullen told the Standard Journal during an online conversation late last night that despite previous reports he had returned home and gathered his belongings, he never showed up.

"He left his home sat morning to go get breakfast for his wife and kids and never returned. After 48 hours we were told that a police officer made contact with him and he was unharmed and okay and was supposedly coming home," Mullen said. "However this (Tuesday) morning we received a call staying that his Jeep had been found off 27 in Haralson County abandoned with the keys still in the ignition and a half tank of gas."

Mullen added that the family has been hoping and praying for his safe return since he first was reported missing.

The search on Tuesday included officials from Haralson County's Sheriff Office and Fire Department, Floyd County officials and additional help from Polk County officials, along with Tracy Sargent and her Search and Rescue dog.

Barfield's family additionally confirmed that he had been located this morning unharmed.