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BENTON — Investigating the disappearance of Alan K. Woolard, Franklin County sheriff's deputies made several drug arrests on Thursday in Christopher.

A news release from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says that when deputies stopped at a Christopher residence Thursday in their search for Woolard, who has been missing since Jan. 23, they found drug activity in the home. After a warrant was issued, Brianna R. Parcel, 27, of Christopher was arrested and charged with the possession of meth.

Mark A. Berger, of Lemay, Missouri, was also arrested — he was charged with possession of meth and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

Boren R. Johnson, 47, of Mount Vernon, was arrested and charged with possession and delivery of meth.

David L. Barker, of Christopher, was also arrested. He was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. He posted bond and was released.

Parcel, Berger and Johnson are all being housed in the Franklin County Jail awaiting formal charges and the setting of bond.

According to a Tuesday news release from the sheriff’s office, Woolard, 42, was last seen around 11 p.m. Jan. 23 leaving his home in Buckner. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a light blue T-shirt and a white bandanna on his head.

Sheriff Dave Bartoni was reached by text while riding an ATV Friday in search of Woolard. He said the disappearance is not considered suspicious, but said there isn't a lot to work from. 

"It's like searching for a needle in a haystack," he wrote.

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Isaac Smith is a reporter covering Jackson County.

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