LAWRENCEVILLE – When the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a call on Saturday afternoon, June 27, from the family of Francis Cleaton that he was missing, a massive search effort was put into place. Cleaton was found around 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, about 3/4 of a mile in the woods from his residence on Indian Creek Road. He was transported to Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia and remained hospitalized for eight days.

Sheriff Brian Roberts thanked agencies, staff and volunteers who assisted in the search.

The agencies that assisted were: Dolphin Volunteer Fire Department, Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department, Triplet Volunteer Fire Department, Brodnax Volunteer Fire Department, Ebony Volunteer Fire Department, Southside Rescue Squad, Brunswick CERT (Certified Emergency Response Team), Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, 39 volunteers with the Piedmont Search and Rescue Service from Midlothian, Central Volunteer Rescue Squad, the GEO Group that provided food and water, Dolphin Baptist Church that opened its fellowship hall to serve as a registration and lunch area, Brunswick County Public Schools for providing a bus to transport the searchers to and from the scene, Callaville Hunt Club and approximately 15 other citizen volunteers. Roberts said approximately 140 people were involved in the search.

To find out more about Project Lifesaver, call the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (434) 848-3133 or visit

To read the entire article pick up the July 15 edition of the Brunswick Times-Gazette.