by: Scott McCaulley

While the organized search for John and Amy Villines will be scaled back, people involved in the search will continue to try to locate the couple that have been missing since their vehicle was swept away by a Flash Flood in Harrison on November 30.

The Wednesday update from the Facebook Page of Justice of the Peace Judge Glenn Redding says that due to the expected heavy rain over the next couple days, there will be no organized search but people are welcomed to continue searching on their own and anything that seems to be connected can be reported to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office or the Harrison Police Department.

Redding said in the post that nearly 13 miles along Lake Harrison and Crooked Creek have been covered all the way to Harmon at the Boone/Marion County Line.

The complete post from Glenn Redding is below:
Search and Rescue Update: Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

The Boone County Search and Rescue Team want to thank everyone that showed up today. If you left waders or rubber boots today, we really appreciate it. You can pick up your waders at the Boone County 911 office or Office of Emergency Management after 8:00 am Thursday at 400 East Prospect. Ask for Daniel Bolin or Bob Yarborough. We want to thank everyone and we mean everyone that has helped since the very beginning.

Due to the anticipated weather with rain expected Thursday and Friday, we are scaling back our search team. We have covered over 13 some miles on foot, we had floaters multiple times and have floated as far as the Marion County line near Harmon. We have used divers from multiple dive teams, numerous search and rescue groups including K-9 teams with water certified cadaver dogs. We have flown drones and a helicopter on multiple occasions. The creek has been literally walked, not just on the banks but with divers walking and diving the most likely places. The lake has been dived and dragged and walked. We have used excavators, rakes, pitchforks and hoes.

We will continue searching but without the formal Command Post and without the daily organizing of volunteers. You may still look any places that you may want to. Any help is always appreciated by the family and by the City and County leaders. We have cleaned out and cleared the main part of the creek from the dam at the end of the lake down through the most likely parts of the creek. We have pulled up debris by hand and machine. We will continue looking and praying for the families involved. If you find anything you believe connected, you can call 911, the Harrison Police Department or the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

Again, from the Boone County Search and Rescue Team, the City of Harrison and the County of Boone, we thank every single person that provided assistance in any way and supported our efforts. Our prayers will continue for the families and they are always in our hearts.
Sincerely,
Boone County Search and Rescue Team