For 4 days Clarence Holmes’ family and friends have scanned the waters of Laurel Lake, and its shorelines, looking for any sign of the 32-year-old man. “The hardest part is not knowing where he is at. And not being able to find him. So we can take him home,’ said Dena Newcomb, Holmes’ aunt.
Newcomb and others can’t fathom the thought that her nephew drowned in these waters. “But I feel like if he knew he couldn’t catch up with the boat, he would try to head toward land,” she said.
Clarence Holmes' father says the whole situation is so unusual because his son was such an avid boater, he swam like a fish and he knew what to do when he got into trouble.
Search and rescue crews say they have worked every day since the Thursday storm. They’ve used sonar, dive teams and volunteers. But his family is calling for more help.
“I know there's a lot of volunteer groups all over the United States that are capable of doing a lot more than what other areas are,” said Newcomb.
“We’re going to be here as long as it takes,” said Jerry Rains with Ky. Emergency Management.
Rains says they’re still treating it as missing person case. Yet the challenges in such a deep lake are many.
“We’ve been searching in water from 4 feet to 315 feet deep, the deepest has standing timber in it,” he said.