Missing man found, arrested for alleged drug possession
By Dwayne Bremer
Mar 21, 2014, 18:29
Bryan Ashley Hulse, Jr.
The search for a missing Houma man ended Wednesday when a truck driver spotted a naked Ashley Hulse Jr., 29, trying to flag down traffic on Texas Flat Road, authorities said Wednesday.
Hancock County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Don Bass said Wednesday that a motorist passing the Mississippi Power sub-station at Texas Flat Road and Flat Top Road saw Hulse "jumping up and down," and called the sheriff's department.
Hulse had apparently been sleeping inside a box at the sub-station for two days and just woken up.
Hulse was naked, scratched up and dehydrated, officials said, and was transported to a hospital for medical attention.
Search efforts on Tuesday were centered near the intersection of Texas Flat and Flat Top Roads. The surrounding area is an uninhabited part of the NASA buffer zone, although there are several hunting stands and small structures nearby.
Hulse's family had last seen him at about 4 p.m. on Sunday, Hancock Chief Deputy Don Bass said.
Hulse's vehicle was found abandoned just north of Stennis on Monday and authorities began a search of the area, Bass said.
The search party followed a trail of clothing and bare footprints to the area.
Several law enforcement and civilian groups took part in the search including the Hancock County Sheriff's Office, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's office, the Gulf Coast Search and Rescue Team, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Deputies also discovered methamphetamines in Hulse's vehicle and after he was treated at the hospital, he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (meth).
He was transported to the Hancock County Jail and is being held under a $20,000 bond.