Missing man found safe

Missing man found safe
06 Aug 2019

On August 5, 2019, at approximately 8:15 p.m., deputies with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) were dispatched to County Road 3090 in the Campti area in regards to a missing person.

Once on scene, deputies learned that Marcelo Retamar, 44, of Joaquin, had been building a fence along with several co-workers on a property located on County Road 3102. According to the co-workers, at approximately 5:30 p.m., Retamar walked to retrieve water approximately 100 yards away, and when they looked up, he was gone.

Deputies learned that prior to their arrival, the property owner, co-workers, and neighbors had been searching the heavily wooded area for several hours trying to locate Retamar with no results.

The SCSO requested help from other law enforcement in the area to assist with the search. Chief Kevin Windham and Lieutenant Del Birdwell with the SCSO arrived at the scene along with Texas Department of Public Safety Officer Keith Jones and Shelby County Constable Precinct 3, Roy Cheatwood. Tracking dogs from Hunstville and Woodville TDCJ units arrived on the scene at 11:45 p.m. as well as a fixed-wing aircraft equipped with fleer system from the Houston DPS office.

After hours of searching in the dark, the search was called off at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 6 with plans to continue at daylight. At 7 a.m. officers began searching the area of County Road 3102 where Retamar was last seen. At 7:41 a.m., the SCSO was notified that Retamar had been spotted near County Road 3090. Investigators Mandy Fears and Tanner Peace traveled to the area where Retamar was spotted and located him walking out of a heavily wooded area onto the road. Retamar was unharmed. Retamar was transported by investigators to Allegiance Health who was staged at the end of FM 414. Allegiance Health transported Retamar to NMC Center Emergency Department where he was released to his family.

The SCSO would like to extend our thanks to the officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Constable Cheatwood and the Shelbyville Volunteer Fire Department