Missing Starkville man found in Florida

August 22, 2009 10:48:00 PM

Tim Pratt -


A Starkville man who went missing Wednesday was found safe and sound Friday in Florida.  


Mark Jarrod Wroten, of 202 Greenbriar Street, had hitchhiked from Starkville to the Tallahassee area, where he went to visit a relative who was receiving treatment for an illness, Starkville Police Department Lt. Bill Lott said. He was picked up by Liberty County police Friday and reunited with his father, who also lived in the area, Lott said.  


"He just took off down there and didn''t let anybody know," Lott said Friday afternoon. "But he''s down there and he''s OK and that''s what counts." 


Authorities were concerned because Wroten left Starkville without the medication he takes to prevent seizures. Family members were working Friday to get Wroten his medication in Florida, Lott said.  


"I know they were going to get his prescription faxed to a local pharmacy where he could get some of his medication," Lott said.  


Wroten, 54, lives with his sister, Kim Kassouf, and her husband, Michael Kassouf, in the Greenbriar subdivision off South Montgomery Street. He has the mental capacity of a young teenager and walks with a limp as a result of a motorcycle accident 20 years ago, Lott said.  


He had last been seen Wednesday morning walking in the Greenbriar community. Search teams canvassed the area, but police eventually received tips that Wroten had hitchhiked out of the area.  


It was unclear Saturday if Wroten was back in Starkville. A message left at the Kassouf household was not returned.