Boone Co. crew gives family of missing man optimism in search

It’s just a pontoon floating on Laurel Lake, but one family believes what’s on the boat could be the key to ending two weeks of misery.

“If he is in the water, I’m told that this group of people could find him,” says Dena Newcomb, Clarence Holmes aunt.

The specialized water rescue team from Boone County is using a unique type of sonar to scour the depths of Laurel Lake, hoping to find Holmes, who disappeared during a storm on July 5th.

“With the tow-fish sonar that they have, it will run across the bottom of the lake, and send back images, the only thing that impedes it are standing trees and timber,” said Jerry Rains of Kentucky Emergency Management.

It is a strange mix of two different worlds at Holly Bay Marina on Laurel Lake. On one hand you see families enjoying a vacation or a weekend on the water, on the other, you have a family experiencing the worst time of their lives.

“The emotional rollercoaster is absolutely horrible…..absolutely horrible,” said Newcomb.

Yet the crew from Boone County gives them hope that maybe their two weeks of uncertainty is about to come to an end, even if it means an ending they never dreamed of happening.

“If he is in the water, we just want to take him home,” said Newcomb.

The crew from Boone County plans on working 16 hour shifts until at least Sunday.

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