Missing Maury man believed here

Friday, June 11, 2010

Columbia Police are asking for the public's help as the department continues to look for a man who's been missing nearly three weeks.

Scott Ruckholdt, 48, of Columbia was last seen on May 16 at about 9 p.m. when he was walking away from a relative's house on Granada Drive, police said.

Ruckholdt is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 170-180 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Columbia police at (931) 380-2721.

"We're looking at this as a possible homicide," Columbia Police Patrolman Scott Knudson said Wednesday. "There's nothing that says foul play, but it is very suspicious."

Still, Knudson said Ruckholdt has "substance abuse problems" and there's information leading Columbia Police to believe he might have been in Marshall County, in or near Lewisburg.

As Columbia Police continued their search, they called in a bloodhound from Henry Horton State Park so it could help search an area between Santa Fe Pike and Old Williamsport Pike, Knudson said.

State Parks Chief Ranger Shane Petty is stationed at Horton Park and said the search went though "heavily wooded territory, even though it was through a part of Columbia, with bushes, briers, fence rows and power lines...

"We were just air scenting," Petty said, contrasting that with a ground trail "because it had been several days that he'd been missing."

Knudson called it a cadaver search and Petty said, "Yes, we were afraid that's what we'd have in the area."

That area was searched May 28.

"He's not a wanted man; not an informant," Knudson said.