New tips fail to solve mystery of Josh Adams' disappearance 5 years ago Authorities investigated two separate tips last week in the unsolved case of Josh Adams, who went missing in Jackson County five years ago, but neither tip provided an answer to the mystery. When deputies went to a home in Madison County on May 25 to check out a lead, they ended up arresting three people on drug charges, while another lead took officers to an abandoned farmhouse in Oglethorpe County, which also was a bad tip. “When we went to Oglethorpe County last week we put a camera down a well and there was nothing in the well,” Jackson County Sheriff Janis Mangum said Thursday. “I think it’s people involved in drugs who are talking, but we check out every tip we get,” she said. Adams, 25, went missing on May 20, 2013. His car was found abandoned in a rural area outside Jefferson, but his wallet, identification and cell phone were inside the car, according to reports. Adams, who had earlier completed drug rehabilitation for an addiction, was never found, although there was a ground and air search in the area. A nearby pond was also drained. The family has offered a $50,000 reward in the case and Mangum said the reward may have generated some of these tips.