SHOALS — Authorities in Martin County are looking for a man who cut off his home detention monitor and disappeared. Deputies say they received a report at 6:05 Friday morning from Martin County Community Corrections that the GPS tracking device tamper alarm had gone off on the ankle monitor for James “Mike” Hert of Shoals. The sheriff’s department reports that when a deputy arrived at Hert’s home a short time later they found the ankle monitor in the yard.
Authorities searched the residence but did not find Hert.
The sheriff’s office reports Hert had been on the ankle monitor since April as part of the Community Corrections pre-trial release program. He had been arrested in January after officers reportedly found him holding 19 grams of methamphetamine.
Hert is still facing charges of dealing in methamphetamine, dealing in marijuana, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia and neglect of a dependent.
He is a 56-year-old white male, brown hair and green eyes, six feet tall and weighing around 170 lbs.
Authorities say they do not know what he might be wearing or what kind of vehicle he may be traveling in.
The incident remains under investigation by the Martin County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities advise if you see Hert, do not approach him, but contact the nearest law enforcement agency.