Family worries missing man might harm himself

Joshua McCaleb

The Lee County Sheriff's Department (LCSD) is seeking information on the whereabouts of Joshua A. McCaleb. McCaleb was last seen in the Hushpuppy Road area around midnight on July 18.

“He had recently been released from a treatment facility and was living in a camper with his brother. He had made some statements about possibly harming himself,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson. “His brother woke up, the camper door was open and the subject was gone.”

McCaleb's family said he left without his medication and may be a danger to himself.

“So technically, right now, we consider this a welfare concern. He does suffer from some emotional or mental issues. He has been hospitalized for these,” said Will Morgan, investigator with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department. “We don’t know if he left walking or someone picked him up. We’re just trying to locate him to make sure he is okay.”

If you have seen McCaleb or have information on where he might be, please contact the LCSD office at 662-432-2622. It’s unclear exactly what mental illness, McCaleb is dealing with.

If a person refuses to follow the treatment plan, he/she can be sent to jail. Mental health courts have been shown to be very effective in keeping people on medication, and in reducing rehospitalizations, incarcerations, and violent behavior.

Medication nonadherence—when patients don't take their medications as prescribed—is unfortunately fairly common, especially among patients with chronic disease. When this is the case, it is important for physicians and other health professionals to understand why patients don't take their medications.

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