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Family of missing man wants answers from police department

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Thursday, search crews are making use of a vehicle that can search both on land and water. Thursday, search crews are making use of a vehicle that can search both on land and water.
Allen says the officer told her by phone that her son ran after police searched his car for marijuana. Allen says the officer told her by phone that her son ran after police searched his car for marijuana.
James Irby, Jr. was pulled over in Walls on May 4. James Irby, Jr. was pulled over in Walls on May 4.
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(WMC-TV) - The search for a man missing after reportedly fleeing from a traffic stop continued Thursday morning in Walls, Mississippi.

James Irby, Jr. was pulled over in Walls on May 4. That was the last time he was seen.

His mother, Ethel Allen, said her son was on his way to a funeral in Clarksdale when he was pulled over.

Allen says the officer told her by phone that her son ran after police searched his car for marijuana. The officer said Irby was hit with a taser but continued to run. Allen does not believe what she was told because she says her 55-year-old son has gout and prostate cancer.

It appears as though the Walls Police Department is the only group with answers and according to Irby's family, they are not sharing information.

"They ain't tell us the truth and they know it," said Allen, who with her daughter, continues to press the police department for answers.

"I'm not feeling to give this up. I don't care how many times we go on this air, up there at Walls Police Department, I want you to hear, I'm not going to give up, y'all know where my brother at, y'all know what y'all done did to my brother," said Irby's sister, Viola Johnson.

"Our hope is that we can find the closure for this family," said DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco.

The search crews used a Hydratek vehicle to search thick fields and swampy areas Thursday, but were not successful in locating Irby.

Walls Police Chief Gary Bossieau arrived at the scene of the search at 11:30 a.m. and did not have much to say.

"Not right now. I have no comment to y'all at all," he told Action News 5's Michael Clark.

When Clark asked if there was a reason he was not at the scene of the search earlier, Bossieau responded, "Actually, I was out here earlier today and I was working on an assault, so, I'm here all day."

Ten minutes later, Bossieau left. Shortly after that, search efforts were called off for the day to give the machines a rest.

The lack of results leave Irby's family filled with grief and with even more questions for the Walls Police Department.

The family says they provided statements to the FBI.

An e-mail sent by Action News 5 to the Walls police chief was not answered Thursday morning.

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