Mobile Police has confirmed that the body discovered alongside a creek in a clearing near Moton and Whitney street in the Toulminville area is that of 65-year-old Clarence Shute Jr.
The body was discovered Wednesday, January 3.
The body was found by the a member of U.S. National Reserve Corp. which is a group of volunteers who work with families and friends of missing people. The group was out searching for the missing person from this weekend.
Shute, who was last seen in the parking lot of First Baptist of Carver Home off Whitney Street in Mobile on Sunday morning, but Brandon Shute said his father never made it to service.
SHUTE'S SON, SEARCH TEAM SPEAKS
A sad ending to the search for a missing man in Mobile.
Wednesday, volunteers found the body of 65 year old Clarence Shute, Junior, near Three Mile Creek at the end of Whitney Street.
It was just down the street from the parking lot where he was last seen Sunday morning.
Mobile Police, family members, and search teams converged on the end of Whitney Street morning in a clearing along Three Mile Creek.
More than a half dozen members of a volunteer group called the United States National Reserve Corps resumed a search they started Tuesday night for Clarence Shute.
Colonel Don Payne with the U.S. National Reserve Corps said, "We found an area that appeared to have some footprints there, so we sent a drone down the river. The river had something there that was of interest so we sent three people down there to check that out, and they found his body off to the right there."
After Mobile Police confirmed Clarence Shute's identity, Shute's son Brandon talked with reporters.
Brandon Shute said, "Once he strayed off into those woods, there wasn't no coming back. The officer said that the area that they found him in was pretty muddy and, in his physical state, he probably got stuck in the mud and tried to get out and couldn't and, with it being so cold Sunday night, I'm pretty sure he didn't do much suffering. "
Brandon Shute said his father suffered from memory loss and was insulin dependent.
Brandon said, "He was very into the church and just loved his kids and his grandkids. I mean, he was just a very loving dude. Thank you. I just want to thank everybody, man. I appreciate everybody. We're just glad we got some closure."
The United States National Reserve Corps is made up mostly of retired military and they search for missing people and perform other community service work.
Payne said, "This is a tragedy. We just wish that we could have gotten involved sooner. "
Brandon Shute said, "And just keep praying for us because, right now, it's some of the hardest time. And, hopefully, we can get through it. With prayer, anything is possible."
Fore more information on the reserve corps, here is a link to the group's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/USNReserveCorps/
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