Houston County Sheriff deputies continue search for missing 64-year-old


COTTONWOOD, Ala. (WDHN) — Late Thursday afternoon the Houston County Sheriff’s department received a call about a possible missing person.

64-year-old Linda LaValley St. Pierre was last seen on her front porch by family members, they started looking but were unable to find her. 

“We stayed last night until about 1:30 checking leads we had, searching the area,” Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said. “We put the drone up with the thermal systems trying to find heat spots, we were unsuccessful in that. Today we’re still running down some leads in Dothan, and we’re also going to come back and regrid the area and check around the curtilage.”

Right now, foul play is not suspected, and the sheriff’s department will continue to work every aspect and look at all the different leads they have. 

“The K-9, the bloodhound did exactly what it did yesterday, came from the front porch, went to the edge of the road, and more or less stopped, which is a slight indication of our victim could of went mobile somehow, with somebody she knew,” Valenza said. 

Valenza said that time is very critical on any missing person case especially if they are older, a young child, or if they have health issues. 

“Luckily right now, we’re going to be forced with rain, compared to the high nineties, low hundred heat we’ve had, which has a tremendous effect on our time of locating,” Valenza said. “That’s why we’re going to keep on until we get some more leads or run down what we have, and we’ll just see where it goes from there.”

Valenza said the bloodhounds are indicating that St. Pierre is mobile, but they were going to grid the area again to make sure they didn’t miss anything.

If anyone has information about the whereabouts of St. Pierre you are urged to call the sheriff’s department (334) 677-4808. 

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