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Crews focus search for missing Wells businessman around Neches River

Crews focus search for missing Wells businessman around Neches River
Updated: Jan. 17, 2020 at 4:10 PM CST
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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - The search resumed Friday for a businessman who disappeared while on a hog hunting trip the weekend before.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) began an active search for Danny Wayne Carter on Wednesday night near the Neches River.

“We had a DPS helicopter out of Houston that came the down before yesterday,” said Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell. “Parks and Wildlife has been going up and down the river with a sonar. And a lot of volunteers.”

Authorities launched a search Wednesday night for Danny Wayne Carter, who family say has been...
Authorities launched a search Wednesday night for Danny Wayne Carter, who family say has been missing since Sunday.

The newest arrival to join the search team for Danny Carter is a cadaver dog. It’s a grim, but necessary, decision on the fourth day of this search, Campbell explained.

“We don’t want him laying out there injured," Campbell said. “Every day that goes by, there’s less and less chance.”

But the search isn’t over. This day East Texas law enforcement, Texas Rangers, game wardens, and volunteers were ferried across the Neches River into Houston County to the same spot where a friend dropped Carter off Sunday night.

“He was going hog hunting. That’s what he was doing, just about dark, so I believe he had a rifle," Campbell said.

The rifle hasn’t been found, but what’s believed to be Carter’s cap was discovered near a river bend. Sonar found nothing, but dive teams may be called in on Monday.

“We’re trying to find a good place for them to search," Campbell said. “If we have a hot spot, we think there is a good possibility.”

Around a campfire, those who know Carter share talk of how the man is so familiar with the family deer lease and the river that runs through it.

Of course, family and friends of Carter are hoping the experienced outdoorsman, hunter, and somebody familiar with these woods will be safe and sound and found eventually.

Campbell said searchers probably won’t return tomorrow, but if necessary, they will on Monday.

“We don’t suspect any foul play. We’re just trying to find him," Campbell added. “He could be in the river; he could’ve walked off somewhere and got injured, whatever.”

Campbell said search teams would not likely continue looking on Saturday or Sunday, but that Monday the sheriff’s office would have access to a dive team.

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