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Family wants answers in son's likely drowning

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WYNNE, AR (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South family is looking for answers about what happened to their missing son, 39-year-old Eric Jackson.

Joel and Deborah Jackson say it's been over two months, and there's been no sign of their son.

On July 19th, Eric went camping and kayaking at Lake Austell in Village Creek State Park, near Wynne, Arkansas.  Authorities say that's when two witnesses saw the kayak that Eric was in capsize.

Even though Eric could swim, witnesses said they heard a cry for help, and no one could reach him before he disappeared into the lake.

Buford Horne of Village Creek State Park said crews have been repeatedly searching the lake for weeks, but still haven't recovered Eric's body.

"We've had cadaver dogs here," Horne said. "We've done three times a day searches."

"The day we got there we weren't allowed to go down to see what was going on - if a search has been going - so we really don't know nothing, only what they say and that's been the most frustrating thing," Joel Jackson said.

"Having no closure would be extremely difficult, but we have to accept whatever God's will is," Deborah Jackson added.

The Jacksons have contacted numerous agencies in Tennessee and Arkansas for help in locating their son, including Congressman Steve Cohen's and Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.

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