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April 22, 2014

Local authorities searching for missing teen

COLD SPRINGS — A 18-year-old Cullman County man has been missing since early Sunday morning near Lick Creek and the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from the public for any new leads to help locate the teen.

Billy Ray Wren, 18, was last seen around 1 a.m. on Sunday, April 20, while walking in the woods away from Lick Creek, near Smith Lake. According to Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey, Wren and a friend were fishing in Lick Creek and the friend went back to his mother’s house and Wren stayed at the creek.

“His friend went back out to the area to look for Wren where he was last and couldn’t find him, so he came back and told family members and they looked for him for a while, but were only able to find his fishing rod and his shirt,” Rainey said. “They looked all day and then contacted us this morning and filed a missing persons report. We have exhausted all efforts to locate him, but have not yet.”

 Helicopter search teams from Cullman Police Department and the state joined the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office dive team in looking for Wren.

Chief Deputy Max Bartlett said there were people in the area of Lion’s Club Landing of Lick Creek, which is a tributary into Smith Lake, and the sheriff’s office would like to interview anyone who was in that area on Sunday morning.

 “There were people down there fishing and boating in that area early Sunday morning, and whatever they saw, no matter if they think it’s insignificant, could really benefit the investigation,” Bartlett said. “If you saw anything, please contact the sheriff’s office.”

Billy Ran Wren is described as 6’1, 153 pounds, brown eyes, and brown hair. His date of birth is April 17, 1996.

Contact the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office at 256-734-0342. 

* Lauren Estes can be reached at laurene@cullmantimes.com or 256-734-2131, ext. 137.

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