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More details made public on search for man wanted for ‘crimes against nature’

OUACHITA PARISH, La. — Law enforcement officials in Ouachita Parish are continuing to look for a man they say was last seen in Vicksburg on June 1.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office reported it has an active warrant for Dale Lee Clearwater, 48, of Swartz, La., for one count of aggravated crimes against nature. Officials declined to give details of why Clearwater is charged with that crime, saying it was department policy not to do so.

According to officials, he was reportedly last seen in Vicksburg on June 1 wearing a green shirt with blue shorts. He is described as being 5-foot, 11-inches and weighing 200 pounds.

Capt. Mike Bryant with the Vicksburg Police Department said the department received a call about an abandoned truck that was owned by Clearwater at the Dixieana Motel on Washington Street on June 1. Witnesses said Clearwater parked the truck, got a bicycle from the rear of the truck and was last seen going southbound on Washington Street toward Interstate 20.

Bryant said the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office notified the department the next day that there was an active warrant for Clearwater.

Anyone with information on where Clearwater might be is asked to contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office at 318-329-1200.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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