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Mike McPherson of Hancock County Search Dogs assisted in the search for a missing Greenfield man on Wednesday. Jody Scroggins, 56, disappeared from his home in the Philly Estates Mobile Home Park on Monday. 

(Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)
Mike McPherson of Hancock County Search Dogs assisted in the search for a missing Greenfield man on Wednesday. Jody Scroggins, 56, disappeared from his home in the Philly Estates Mobile Home Park on Monday. (Tom Russo / Daily Reporter)

Still missing:  Jody Scroggins, who was last seen late Monday, is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Hancock County Dispatch at (317) 477-4400.
Still missing: Jody Scroggins, who was last seen late Monday, is described as 6 feet tall and weighing 180 pounds. He has brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Hancock County Dispatch at (317) 477-4400.


GREENFIELD — County authorities continued their search Wednesday for a man who disappeared from his home Monday, but no leads in the case have surfaced.

Wednesday afternoon, bloodhounds canvassed the area in the 3300 block of West U.S. 40 where Jody Scroggins, 56, lives in Philly Estates Mobile Home Park. The dogs confirmed what another team of search dogs found Tuesday – that Scroggins walked from his home to somewhere near the Sugar Creek Township Fire Depart-ment, located just a few hundred feet away.

“Four bloodhounds are saying that’s where he was last on foot,” said Kelly McPherson of Hancock County Search Dogs. “When? Who knows?”

Scroggins, who suffers from a seizure disorder, left behind his wallet, shoes and some of his medication, leading police to characterize him as an endangered adult when they issued a Silver Alert Monday.

Scroggins was last seen by a family member who stopped by his home late Monday, though neighbors said they believe they heard Scroggins taking out his trash around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

Scroggins’ family had planned to pick him up for a 9 a.m. appointment Tuesday, but when the family arrived, Scroggins’ front door was standing open, his TV was on, and he was nowhere to be found, police said.

Scroggins does not own a cellphone.

Sheriff’s Detective Capt. Jeff Rasche said officers have interviewed neighbors and handed out fliers, but no one has been able to provide any useful information about Scroggins’ whereabouts.

“Not one lead,” he said.

It has become more difficult for dogs to follow Scroggins’ scent through the area because of the recent rain, McPherson said.

“That’s going spread and wash that scent way out and around,” she said.

Rasche said Scroggins took some medication with him, but there has been no activity at area pharmacies suggesting he’s been in for a refill. There is also no activity on his bank accounts, and he has not been seen on surveillance cameras at any nearby gas stations, Rasche said.

Police are hoping a tip from the public could break open the case.

“Right now, it’s one dead end after another,” Rasche said.

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