The bodies of Chuck Morris, the musician known as the drummer for the band Lotus, and his son Charlie have been found, authorities confirmed Sunday, 24 days after the pair disappeared during a kayaking trip in Arkansas.
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office began searching for Morris and his son on March 16, after they were reported missing. he said..
Officials said the body was recovered thanks to technology and efforts from Carroll County Mennonite Emergency Services and a Tennessee Christian Aid Ministry search and rescue team using remotely operated underwater vehicles in a “difficult environment” at a depth of 180 feet.
“Sheriff Holloway, along with the families of Chuck and Charlie, would like to thank all the men and women who donated their time and effort to help the family find closure and recover the two missing men,” the Sheriff’s Office said.
“The family of Chuck and Charlie Morris are heartbroken and thankful to have closure today,” the sheriff’s office said.
The pair went missing on a kayaking trip on Beaver Lake in mid-March, prompting a massive recovery effort.
Benton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lt. Shannon Jenkins said the effort involved divers, boats, dogs and other agencies from multiple agencies.
But during the days of the search, the operation became a recovery effort.
“It’s a tough challenge to search this lake, but we’re doing everything we can,” said Tony Wade, director of Cajun Beach Search and Rescue operations. CBS Colorado.
In the days after the kayakers went missing, the lake’s water temperature dropped into the 30s and 40s, CBS Colorado reported. Humans can only survive in water between 35 and 40 degrees for a maximum of 90 minutes. US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
“In an instant, you go into shock,” Wade said. “This is a 100% recovery.”
In the days since he went missing, other Lotus members said they feared Morris and his son were dead.
“We were all hoping for a miracle, but at this point the search for Chuck and Charlie has shifted to recovery. With the help of K9 teams, there is a possible location on the lake, but the depth of the heat, weather and logistical challenges have prevented recovery so far,” the band said. He wrote on Twitter on March 21.
“While we are deeply saddened, we plan to celebrate Chuck and Charlie’s lives, our memories and what they meant to so many people,” the group added.
—Emily My Zakor contributed reporting.
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