YELL COUNTY (KFSM) – Authorities on Tuesday (July 29) continued searching a mountainous area in Yell County for a missing father and his 10-month-old son.
Brian A. Floyd, 33, went missing along with 10-month-old Harper on July 25, officials said. The father’s 1998 Chevy King Cab pickup truck later was found in a “remote area,” according to authorities. The father and son were not in the truck.
After the father and son’s disappearance, authorities launched a search and rescue effort, saying they did not think foul play was involved.
However, Brian’s wife and Harper’s mother, Brooke Floyd, 21, of Greenwood was arrested on suspicion of felony endangering and hindering apprehension, according to an inmate commitment summary report. When arrested, she had cuts and scratches on her body, authorities said.
She later was released and is not considered a criminal suspect, authorities said.
The father and son were last seen after Brian Floyd’s truck broke down in the Ouachita Mountains south of Blue Mountain Lake, according to officials.
At a news conference on July 28 in Danville, authorities said the Yell County Sheriff’s Department located Brian Floyd’s pickup truck in the mountains.
“The truck was driven to a very remote area,” Sheriff Bill Gilkey said. “There’s not even a road to get where the truck is.”
Investigators said they would continue to search for the missing father and son around the area where the truck was found. Investigators also said they weren’t giving out any more information concerning the arrest of Brooke Floyd.
“She’s been very helpful today, and probably without her help we may not have found the vehicle,” Gilkey said. “She is not in jail at this time. She is with investigators and our investigative agency.”
Brian Floyd was arrested previously on July 20 on suspicion of communicating a false alarm, according to an arrest report.
Authorities were dispatched to the Floyd residence in the 1500 block of Battlefield Dr. on a possible burglary in progress. While on the way, authorities were informed by the 911 dispatch center that the caller had a history of mental illness, the report states.
When the authorities arrived, they found Brian Floyd driving around his residence in his vehicle. They talked him out of his vehicle while he was in a “manic state” and hallucinating, and he told authorities that a woman had broken into his house and had also been driving around his property, according to the report.
Authorities checked the home and found nothing was disturbed or broken. Floyd said he saw a police officer dressed in black and police dogs walking around his property. He also the officer and dog were on his roof before the woman broke into his house, the report states.
A family member was contacted to help authorities deal with him. That family member told authorities that Brian Floyd had been having trouble with his medicine. He was taken to the Sebastian County Detention Center, and, after he is found, faces a charge of communicating a false alarm, according to the report.