On Friday, Barthelemy's 2004 GMC Envoy was taken to the Sabine Parish Detention Center. It is the vehicle police say Barthelemy was in while he had Procell.
Barthelemy also went before a judge on Friday and was appointed a public defender.
Saturday, family and friends concentrated their search efforts to a wooded area of La. 1226, just outside of Clarence. The search began around 9 a.m. and will continue until dark.
According to Sabine Parish Sheriff's Office spokesman Joe Dewil, investigators are following up on tips from people who may have seen Barthelemy's vehicle on Tuesday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
While 4 days is a long time to be missing, Dewil says this is not being called a recovery effort. Until they receive information or evidence to the contrary, they are acting on the assumption that Procell is alive and their mission is one of search and rescue, Dewil said.
Police say they found no evidence of Procell in an area Barthelemy reportedly indicated he left him on Tuesday. Search teams looked along the Longleaf Trail area in the Kisatchie National Forest on Wednesday and came up empty-handed.
They spent Thursday and Friday searching "general areas" in Sabine, DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes. Dewil says they still don't want to disclose exactly where they are searching, "so that officers can get there first."
Barthelemy has stopped cooperating with investigators and has also been charged with home invasion in addition to the aggravated kidnapping charge. He remains in custody at the Sabine Parish Detention Center.
Authorities remain tight-lipped about the investigation itself, and any possible motives they may have uncovered. Law enforcement sources have suggested the incident may have stemmed from some ongoing domestic issues involving a woman.
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