Athens Review, Athens, Texas

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March 27, 2009

Missing man found

The body of 72-year-old Jerry King of Athens was found Friday morning around 9:30 a.m. by Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens in the Richland-Chambers Reservoir, according to Aaron Reed, spokesman for Parks and Wildlife.

The search for King and his 17-year-old grandson, Jerrod Rachel, has been on-going since Monday, when they were reported missing by a family member.

The pair had been out fishing on the lake, and had called in around 3 p.m. to say they were returning to the boat dock. They never arrived.

“Mr. King was found along the boat’s GPS track,” Reed said. “The search continues today for Mr. Rachel, with four game warden boats and support from Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and Navarro County Sheriff’s Office. We will have more divers on the scene tomorrow.”

However, as of late Friday night, there had been no new word regarding the search for Rachel, a Cross Roads High School senior.

On Monday night, they found the grandfather's boat, with lifejackets still in the boat. Since then, searchers have used the GPS system inside the boat to backtrack where the pair had been on the lake, according to Game Warden Capt. Gary Dugan.

Asked if searchers were holding to the theory that one man may have fallen from the boat, and that another one went in after him, Reed said, “We may never know for sure, but that definitely looks like a possibility.”

Mr. King is owner of King Sand & Gravel in Athens.

Information was provided by the Corsicana Daily Sun.

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