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Chief of Organized Crime Unit Considered 'Endangered/Missing'

By Nikki Weingartner     Jan 5, 2009 in Crime
The chief of an Alabama organized crime unit, Sgt. Faron White, is being listed as "missing/endangered" following evidence of a struggle in his office. He was last seen working late on Friday, January 2. His family reported him missing early Saturday.
In a case that has many local, state and federal officials still searching for Decatur Police Sgt. Faron White, 48, there is some speculation that his disappearance could be related to the nature of his job, according to news reports.
On Friday night, White was seen working at around 8 p.m. by some firefighters who worked in the same building as White. Other reports show that the last time he was seen was at 11:30 p.m. He was reported missing early Saturday by his family after he didn't come home.
Investigators say there were "distinct signs" of a struggle in his office that indicate he was involved. However, no distress calls were said to have been made and the investigators have not released comments regarding the evidence found in his office.
Sgt. White's unit worked on cases involving mostly narcotics and alcohol enforcement, but also involved gambling, prostitution, money laundering and murder for hire. His unit was honored in 2007 due to their seizing over $100,000 US in cash, weapons and other property from drug dealers.
It is not clear whether his disappearance was directly related to the job, however, investigators are still trying to determine exactly what happened. They did search the area near the Tennessee River out of caution but so far, there has been no evidence or reported leads in the case of the missing police officer.
Additional details surrounding the search are:
White is described as 5 feet 6, about 200 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt over a tan long-sleeve short.
Police ask anyone with information to call a special tip hot line, (256) 341-4717.
A very frightening situation for a man who was considered very "well-respected."
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