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Search For Missing Man Continues

South Boston police are continuing their search for a resident of an adult group home who has been missing for over three weeks, according to Captain B. K. Lovelace.

John Dunwell Samen left the group home for a walk around 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, and he never returned. He reportedly was seen that night in the area of Broad and Charles streets in South Boston. On Tuesday, Dec. 8, Samen reportedly was spotted in various locations in South Boston and also on L.P. Bailey Highway and possibly in or near the Brookneal area, according to Investigator R. E. Redd.

All the reported sightings indicate Samen was either walking or attempting to catch a ride north, he added.

Redd conducted an aerial search by helicopter Monday, Dec. 14, but the search proved futile, Captain Lovelace said.

Samen is described as a white male, 24 years of age, blonde hair and blue eyes, 5’9” tall, weighing approximately 165 lbs. When last seen he was wearing blue jeans and a red-checkered coat with a hood, Redd said.

Authorities learned that Samen could have a keen interest in wilderness-type camping and outdoor survival. Residents are asked to report to authorities any makeshift tent or what may appear to be a camping area.