Brownfield Man Remains Missing Three Months Later - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/28/05

Brownfield Man Remains Missing Three Months Later

It's been three months and there's still no sign of Aaron Smith. Divers continue to look for the Brownfield man who went missing after a boating accident at Lake Alan Henry. Questions have been raised about the search but up until now there have been few answers.

On April 23rd, Aaron Smith and his family went to Lake Alan Henry for a fishing tournament, but before the weekend's end, tragedy would strike. Karen Smith, Aaron's daughter said back in April, "He loved to fish but I never thought this would happen to us." The last thing the family knows is that Aaron was in a boating accident. Since the day he went missing, his wife Vicki has rarely left the camper parked on the public boat ramp.

Garza County Constable Daniel Yarbro says, "They have been here on the onset and now until present."

Rumors have flown through near-by communities that Smith had been found, but Garza County authorities say hearsay causes more harm and hurt to the victim's family. "Rumors put false hope for the family and makes it harder for rescuers to do their job."

Dive teams from Utah, San Marcos and surrounding areas have all come out to offer their help. But each time, they've come up empty. Yarbro says, "Each day we go out we hope to recover something, it's been a long three months."

Garza County Constables search the shores twice daily and say they won't stop until they have an answer for the family. "We need to bring closure so they can go on with their lives, we need to bring him home."

4/25/05
Search Continues at Lake Alan Henry
Parts of Lake Alan Henry are closed to the public as crews search for a missing boater. A 45-year-old Lubbock man remains missing after a boat collision at the lake on Saturday.

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