As of Monday, May 21, 2012
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COVINGTON — A search for an anonymous person who called 911 Monday afternoon around 2:30, saying he was in the woods behind Cousins Middle School and planned to kill himself, has been called off, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
NCSO Public Information Officer Courtney Morrison said personnel from the Sheriff's Office, the Covington Police Department and the Georgia State Patrol spent the latter part of the day Monday searching for the individual, but to no avail.
Around 5 p.m. authorities were awaiting the arrival of thermal imaging equipment from the GSP which can sense body heat to be be used in an effort to locate the individual. However, after the use of that equipment turned up nothing, the search was called off around 5:45 p.m.
Morrison said Cousins Middle School was put on lockdown due to the proximity of the wooded area where the caller said he was, although he had at no time threatened the school or any one except himself.
"It was purely a precautionary measure," she said.
Morrison said the caller gave the dispatchers scant information.
"We have no identification on him at all. He does give a name, but it's undetermined whether it's a nickname and he calls from an untraceable cell phone," she said during the search.