Authorities, volunteers still searching for missing Little Compton man

(Michael Godles of Little Compton)

LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Authorities scoured the woods surrounding a Little Compton home for a man who has been missing since Tuesday.

Michael Godles, 39, was last seen walking towards the woods in the backyard of the home he shares with his mother.

Little Compton police, with help from the Rhode Island State Police K9 Unit and volunteers, searched the woods Saturday during daylight hours looking for Godles. In total, 25 volunteers and ten K9 dogs searched with police for nine hours.

“It is really thick [and] there’s swamp,” says K9 Corporal Scott Carlsten of the search area. “There are some areas that are unable to access because of thorns.”

K9 dogs have been searching for Godles since Friday, after his mother reported him missing.

A helicopter from the US Coast Guard was even brought in to search the approximately 500 acres of land.

Little Compton Police Chief Antone Marion says an undisclosed illness is the reason for the massive response and search effort since Friday.

“Because of his medical condition, and Michael not having his medication, time is of the essence.”

According to Corporal Carlsten, Saturday’s search did not turn up any leads.

Anyone with information on Godles’ whereabouts is asked to contact Little Compton police at (401) 635-2311.

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