Crews search for missing boater

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

The search continues for a man who disappeared Thursday on Laurel Lake.

Officials say he was leaving a group of friends heading back to Holly Bay Marina when a storm hit.

His boat was found later at an island off of Marsh Branch Road, but so far there's been no sign of Holmes.

People at Holly Bay Marina say things around here are usually pretty quiet.

"Around this area it's rare that this happens. We have a cabin about three miles down the road, and I've actually never had any problems or ever heard of a missing person around here, so it's actually kind of odd," said James Leach who was at the marina Friday.

Many at the marina were concerned about 32-year old Clarence Holmes went missing.

Officials say he was headed back to Holly Bay Marina on his pontoon boat when the storm hit.

"The storm was pretty bad the winds were pretty bad at like 50-60 miles per hour," said Leach.

Crews searched until the early morning hours and again Friday afternoon around the area where Holmes' boat was found on the banks of an island.

Officials say his cell phone and other personal belongings were still on the boat, but Holmes was no where to be found.

Investigators are also looking through cell phone records and re-interviewing family members, just trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Officials say their biggest issue right now is the fact that they are having to search such a large because they are sure where he went missing.

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