Game wardens continue search for Lufkin man who crashed into river

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POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A dive team with Texas Parks and Wildlife spent Monday morning combing the Neches River for clues into the disappearance of a Lufkin man who was a passenger in a vehicle which crashed into the Neches River Saturday morning.

Captain Shawn Phillips said the dive team will be back Tuesday morning.

"We will be back in the morning with a bigger boat and a sonar that can close in on a few targets we have," Phillips said.

Markus Smith, 23, was a passenger in a 2014 Dodge car, driven by Adrian Segura, 23, of Lufkin. Segura was driving northbound on US 59 when he drove into the Neches River.

Diboll Police Chief Steve Baker said Segura walked into the police station about three hours after the crash and said Smith was missing. That is when Diboll PD contacted game wardens and the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

Baker said Segura claimed to have swerved to avoid hitting a deer and went into the river.

Smith's family has been on site while the searchers have been looking. The hardest part for the family is waiting.

"It's indiscribable," Kendra White said. "I can't sleep. I don't know where my brother is."

Kendra is Smith's older sister and described him as her baby.

"He's my baby brother," Kendra Smith said. "He always is wanting something and I am always looking out for him. He is goofy and very outgoing. He wouldn't mind helping anybody."

The concern of searchers is the water conditions.

"We have to be aware of our enviroment," Phillips said. "The current is a concern if we had to put a dive team in the water. Nacogdoches Fire and Rescue dove a couple of times yesterday and the current was a potential problem because of how fast it was moving."

The family is hoping the coming days bring closure for the family.

"It would be okay if I  could just know where he is," Kendra Smith said. "I just want to know where he is."

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