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Two Pine Belt residents missing, search on-going

James Slay Vidrine. Source: Family photo James Slay Vidrine. Source: Family photo
Vidrine was last seen driving this 1984 Buick Electra. Source: Family photo. Vidrine was last seen driving this 1984 Buick Electra. Source: Family photo.
Martha Nelson/Photo credit: HPD Martha Nelson/Photo credit: HPD
PINE BELT (WDAM) -

Two Pine Belt residents have been missing for weeks, and authorities need help gathering new leads. 

A reward for information in the case of missing Petal man James Vidrine has been increased. 

James Slay Vidrine, 51, was reported missing and was last seen on October 8 in Petal around 8 a.m.

Vidrine's family originally offered a $2000 reward for tips leading to his location, and Crimestoppers has increased that reward to $5,000.

He was last seen driving a 1984 Buick Electra. It had a Mississippi Antique tag with the number 203286. The car also had an "Aloha" sticker in the rear window. 

If you have any information, please contact the Forrest County Sheriff's Office at 601-544-7800.

Hattiesburg police are also searching for missing 93-year-old Martha Nelson. 

Members of Mississippi Task Force 3 combed the woods in the Hub City after a missing person's report was filed Dec. 1. 

A Silver Alert was also issued by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.

Even though she was seen somewhere around Nov. 11, she was not reported missing until Dec. 1, prompting the Silver Alert to be issued.

“Ms. Nelson is described as a white female, 5’3, weighing 120 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen Wednesday, November 11 on Golf Course Road in Hattiesburg. Family members say she suffers from a medical condition that may impair her judgement,” DPS Communication Director Warren Strain said in a press release.

Lt. Jon Traxler with the Hattiesburg police said that they still have crews searching, but encourages anyone with any information on her whereabouts to contact the Hattiesburg Police Department at 601-545-4971.

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