Updated: Apr 25, 2020

UPDATE: On 4/24/2020 Houston County Sheriff's Office received a tip that Karen Whittington Phillips was at a residence in Slocomb, Alabama. Houston County Sheriff's Office contacted Slocomb Police Department. Slocomb Police Department made contact with Phillips and confirmed that she is safe.

Karen Dianne Whittington Phillips of Wicksburg, Alabama was last seen by her family on Thursday, 4/16/2020 at SouthEast Health. Phillips left SouthEast Health on Friday, 4/17/2020 walking. Her direction of travel is unknown. Phillips was last seen wearing black leggings and a green hoodie. If you have seen or know the current whereabouts of Karen Dianne Whittington Phillips, please contact Houston County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 334-677-4808.


The Houston County Sheriffs Office would like to extend a huge thank-you to the men and women who operate the 911 Center each and everyday. HCSO Communications Division answers and dispatches for not only HCSO, but 6 municipality police departments, and 17 volunteer-fire/rescue agencies 365 days a year. We are honored to say we have some of the best under those headsets.

Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community, are honored. This week-long event is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.

An estimated 240 million calls are made to 9-1-1 in the U.S. each year. In many areas, 80% or more are from wireless devices. (https://www.nena.org/page/911Statistics) Review 911 emergency call advice: 9-1-1 is for police, fire and medical emergencies only. Non-emergency calls should be directed to non-emergency phone numbers: 334-677-4808 or 334-677-4807. Details are critical. Stay on the line with the 9-1-1 operator and answer all the questions that they ask. Provide an accurate location, if you do not know the exact address, provide the call taker with all the details that you can. Look for landmarks, cross streets, signs, and buildings. First responders need an accurate location to respond as fast as possible. Try to stay calm and speak clearly. Don’t hang up when calling 9-1-1. If you called by mistake, let the operator know. DO NOT call 9-1-1 for jokes or prank calls.


Updated: Apr 13, 2020

UPDATE: Amanda Williams has been located.

PRESS RELEASE: Amanda Leigh Williams (age 34) was reported missing to the Houston County Sheriff’s Office on April 6, 2020. Williams was last seen walking on Cottonwood Road near the Florida state line on Saturday, March 28th, 2020 at approximately 07:15 am. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, pink sweatshirt, blue windbreaker and was carrying two, small duffel bags, one black and the other blue. Her direction of travel was southbound into Florida. She told authorities that she wanted to go back to where she lived in Florida. Williams’s family has not had any contact with her since that date. If you see Williams or know of her current whereabouts please contact Houston County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 334-677-4808


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