Officials with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and the Heidi Search Center are confirming that 44-year-old Lee Arms of Hobson, who was missing since Feb. 5, has been found alive and unharmed.
Sheriff’s office spokesman Rosanne Hughes did not have any details at this time. However, Dottie Laster of the Heidi Search Center said Arms was found today at approximately 5 a.m.
“I’m really pleased with the community support,” Laster said. “Due to the news coverage, the media and the flyers, that’s how he was located.’
Arms was reported missing after Bexar County sheriff’s deputies found his unattended parked vehicle near the Texas Pride Barbecue restaurant on Loop 1604 near Interstate 10 outside St. Hedwig. News of his disappearance traveled fast throughout the area, touching off searches and a prayer vigil last week in Falls City.
For more, read the Feb. 22 edition of The Karnes Countywide.
REPORT FROM FEB. 15 PRINT EDITION
SAN ANTONIO – A Karnes County man is still missing after leaving for work on the night of Sunday, Feb. 5, and never showing up.
Lee Arms, 44, of Hobson, still remains missing after Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputies found his car, still running, in the vicinity of Loop 1604 and Schuwirth, between Farm to Market 1346 and Interstate 10.
“After responding to a call early Monday morning about the abandoned car, numerous units from our agency have been searching for him all week, with assistance from a Texas Department of Public Safety DPS helicopter and have not located him,” said Rosanne Hughes, a spokesperson from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department. “We are investigating the case as a missing person and need tips from the public”
Arms, who is a 1991 graduate of La Vernia and has lived with his family just two miles outside of Hobson for the past seven years, was on his way to work at a UPS warehouse on Foster Road where he has worked for the past three years. He has been with UPS for at least 25 years.
Arms, who was driving a 2013 silver Ford Fusion, was last seen wearing a dark ball cap, camouflage T-shirt, blue jeans and boots and was wearing a wristwatch. He has light brown eyes and is 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighs approximately 160 pounds, and has graying black hair that is thinning.
“Surveillance footage from the Busy Beaver store in Falls City, where he stopped to gas up, showed us what he was wearing,” said Cheryl Lyssy, who’s a close friend of the family. “Reports early on were wrong as to what he was wearing.”
Since his disappearance, a search party of several hundred family members and friends was formed and searches were held through Saturday in conjunction with the Heidi Search Center.
“It was amazing how many people showed up to help search on such a short notice,” said Lyssy. “We searched about a four to five-mile radius on foot and some people even came out on their horses on Tuesday and that was even expanded further out in different locations during the week.”
A prayer vigil was also held at the Falls City Catholic Church on Thursday night.
“He’s a good family man who is always active and big in the community,” noted Lyssy. “He helps out everywhere. A very good, trustworthy and friendly man.”
Lee and his wife, Kathy, have three children, Bracen, 19, Brendon, 16, and Braylin, 8.
In a newsletter called the “Beaver Nation News” on Monday, the family released this:
“We, the family of Lee Arms, would like to let everyone know that until we receive new leads, we will not continue the search at this time.
“We want to again thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for everything you have done for our family in this difficult time.
“We truly and graciously appreciate all the volunteers that have spent hours searching, and for all the warm meals and food we have received, for all the calls, texts and visits from so many caring people. And especially all the continued prayers and warm wishes.
“This is a very difficult time for us and we are truly blessed to have each and every one of you in our lives.
Love, The Lee Arms Family
“If anyone out there has even the tiniest bit of information, please report it. Even if you think someone has already reported it, please call it in. You never know. And please, continue to pass the word about this story. Someone out there knows something or had to of seen something,” added Lyssy.
The family also has a Facebook page titled Finding Lee Arms.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 210-335-6070 or the Heidi Search Center at 210-650-0428 or 800-547-4435.