Trinity Co. searchers say they'll keep going until body recovered from Lake Livingston

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Dept.
Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Dept.
Game wardens searching
Game wardens searching

By Morgan Thomas - bio | email

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) –  The search effort for the Louisiana man ended Sunday evening just before six p.m. Even with no new evidence turning up since the first day, searchers say they will be back on the water at 7 a.m. Monday.

"We'll be out here everyday until we recover him," said Trinity Co. Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace.

Verrett's brother is a sheriff's deputy in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  Four officers drove here with their high-powered sonar on Sunday morning to join the search.

"It's a higher quality site-scan sonar. In the 6 or so years we've had it, we've used it to recover vehicles, bodies..." said Corporal Ryan Marino, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Dept.

The biggest change on day three was a switch from a search and rescue operation to a focus on body recovery. The search strategy also changed based on that decision.

"They're doing grid searches. Several boats searching a wider area today. They've actually expanded to a much wider area. They're moving four boats right now," said Wallace.

The wind is also a factor in the expansion of the search area.

"The winds were blowing straight out of the south pretty hard. Of course, they changed overnight to the north... It could change the area of where they search," said Wallace.

Polk County Game Warden David Johnson says there's several reasons why Verrett hasn't been found yet.

"They just don't know where he went down," said Johnson.

Also cold lake temperatures, bodies float to the surface faster in warmer water.

Ultimately, Constable Wallace says the search will continue at this pace until Verrett's family gets some closure.

He also says they've called Texas Equisearch who plans to bring in two cadaver dogs trained for underwater detection.  They'll ride at the front of a search boat smelling for the body.

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