Three Men Reported Missing In
By CLAUDE SITTON
Special to The New York Times
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Leaders of the drive said they feared that the three men--two whites, both from
The three had been held by
Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation began arriving here in force early tonight after the Justice Department ordered a full-scale search.
All three missing men arrived in
One of the missing whites is Michael Schwerner of
The second missing man is Andrew Goodman, 20, a student volunteer from
The third is James E. Cheney, 21, a
Both Mr. Schwerner and Mr. Cheney are members of a civil rights task force organized by the Congress of Racial Equality, which is cooperating with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and other organizations in the
Concern over the fate of the three was heightened by the fact that the two CORE men had always reported their whereabouts before at frequents intervals, according to campaign spokesmen in
Further, the prospect of the civil rights campaign had led to an increasing number of violent incidents even before the workers began arriving last Friday.
The three men left
Cecil Price, the Neshoba County deputy sheriff, said he had halted and arrested the three about 5:30 P.M. yesterday. He said Mr. Cheney had been driving 65 miles an hour in a 30-mile zone on the outskirts of
The three were released from the county jail here at 10:30 P.M. after Mr. Cheney paid a $20 fine.
"I told them to leave the country," said Mr. Price. The three then drove out along
Sheriff L. A. Rainey, a burly, tobacco-chewing man, showed little concern over the report that the workers were missing.
"If they're missing, they just hid somewhere, trying to get a lot of publicity out of it, I figure," he said.
Robert Weil, spokesman for the campagn headquarters in Jackson, said campaign leaders "definitely fear that there was foul play, perhaps by the local citizens after they were released."
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Edwin O. Guthman, Justice Department spokesman, said:
"We are investigating the possibility that they are being held against their will by persons who are not law-enforcement officers or that they are otherwise being deprived of their civil liberties."
Mr. Guthman also said that the Department of Justice wanted to question the volunteers about the circumstances of their arrest and release.
Couple There Since January
Headquarters of the Congress of Racial Equality in
Before joining CORE, Mr. Schwerner was a group worker at Hamilton-Madison House, a social center at
Mr. Schwerner's parents live in Pelham, in
Andrew Goodman is an anthropology student at Queens College and lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Goodman, at
Mrs. Goodman is a practicing psychologist and her husband is a civil engineer.
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