published Friday, March 29th, 2013

Missing man turns up in Cobb County, Ga., jail

Chattanooga police have been searching for Kelly Eugene Dobbs since he went missing from his home on Tuesday night.

Three days later, he turned up in the Cobb County, Ga., Jail. Turns out, he’s been there all along.

The Cobb County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dobbs, 43, of 3508 Clio Ave., on forgery charges.

According to an arrest warrant, he tried to cash a fake check worth $905.12 at a BB&T Bank in Marietta, Ga., about 100 miles southeast of Chattanooga.

After he went missing, his sister, Ruth Espy, told the Times Free Press that he had gone out for a walk Tuesday and didn’t come home. She said she waited for him, spaghetti on the table.

But the warrant indicates Dobbs tried to cash the check in Marietta at 4:30 p.m., and the Sheriff’s Office arrested him just before 6 that night.

As of Friday evening, he was still in custody on a $5,720 bond.

Espy told the Times Free Press that her younger brother is mentally challenged, and he walks to the duck pond in Rossville every day. He is also a diabetic and needs medication.

Buried in his wallet is a piece of paper listing the phone numbers of loved ones, should he go missing.

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