Wade Meisberger in an undated photo
Wade Meisberger in an undated photo
Four sources have confirmed that the man in a new YouTube video is 40-year-old Wade R. Meisberger, who has been on the run since June 21.

Meisberger called The Madison Courier at 11:41 p.m. Thursday and verified his identity. He called the Courier twice more - at 5:47 a.m. today and again at 7:15 a.m.

Authorities in Carrollton, Ky., began looking for Meisberger on June 21 after they received a 911 call about a naked man on the Prestonville bridge who was about to jump. Authorities said publicly that the search for Meisberger continued with no success through Thursday.

Carrollton Police Chief Michael Willhoite said the search for Meisberger in the Kentucky or Ohio rivers ended two days after he jumped, and authorities began to suspect he staged his death and would attempt to create a new identity somewhere else.

Willhoite said the city and county will likely file a civil suit against Meisberger in the event he is caught for expenses involved in the search for his body.

No criminal charges have been filed in Kentucky related to the June 21 incident, and Willhoite is not sure if charges will be filed.

"It's not a crime for an adult to just walk away from their life," Willhoite said.

Meisberger is listed as a wanted person in Indiana and a missing person in Kentucky. A warrant was issued for his arrest June 25 for a probation violation.

Court documents allege that Meisberger failed to report a valid address, did not return telephone messages and failed to report to two meetings with the probation department. He could face up to 18 years in prison for the violation.

Meisberger served 15 years in prison on a conviction in Monroe County for murder and theft. Court documents show that Meisberger killed Michael Sawyer, stole his car and fled to Florida. His case was featured on "America's Most Wanted."

There had been no confirmation as to whether Meisberger was still alive after the alleged jump until Thursday, when he posted two videos on YouTube confirming he was alive.

In the videos, Meisberger talks about wanting to see his son again and how the probation departments in Jefferson and Monroe counties have been preventing them from seeing each other.

Julie Mitchell, head of the Jefferson County Probation Department, had no comment.

Meisberger said he has received a lot of feedback on his videos. Some have offered positive feedback, but most have been negative.

"My son loves me. And I am his dad. He doesn't think I'm a bad person like everyone says," he said.

Meisberger said he considers himself to be a very bright man who is under a lot of stress and pressure.

"I know this is going to end bad for me. I just know it is," he said. "I'm not going to stop until I get this done.

"I love him, and my whole life revolves around that boy," he said.

Upon his release from prison, Meisberger located in Madison and formed Riverflow Ministries, a Christian organization that would help people who had been recently released from prison.