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Family searches for missing woman with fear that she's dead.

By Donna McCollum

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - In the murky waters of the Angelina River, not far from the Goodman Bridge where Ernest Young's body was found over the weekend is where a family is searching for Torchie Boyd. They are giving up hope that they'll find her alive. Boyd's sister, Jackie Stafford said, " Ernest would not be dead if she wasn't dead, I don't believe. I don't believe he would have done anything to himself had she been alive because they were very close. " Young is believed to have committed suicide.

Boyd lived with Young at J & S Campground on the remote north end of Lake Nacogdoches. Monday a week ago Young had a brush with law enforcement and ran upon their arrival. Upon his return, Boyd's good friend, Catherine Korpi recalled what he said. " Ernest came out of the woods all sweated up and I said, ' Ernest, what's wrong? What did you do?' He says, ' I just ran from the law. I was running from the law.' That's all he said. 'I'm not going back to jail,' and he went back in the woods and I walked down a little way. I heard Torchie Monday talking and the next thing I know the kids came out of the woods and I figured everything would be alright."

Soon afterwards the couple disappeared. So did their boat. The campground's caretaker and owner, George Sanders is legally blind, but very astute to his surroundings. He can't understand why a mother would leave behind her twin three year old boys unless she was forced to. " The kids are playing around here and so my question was, where is their mother?. "

Investigators are searching Lake Nacogdoches. If Boyd is dead, and they stress if, they know a submerged body may surface soon . All the circumstances surrounding Boyd's disappearance is surreal to her sister. Stafford said, "It's despair. Great despair."    

This evening the family returned to J & S Campground to begin searching the woods close to where Boyd lived. The children are now in the care of another sister.

If you have any information about Torchie Boyd, please contact the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Department.

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