Search continues for missing boater - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Search continues for missing boater

Nehemiah Crenshaw disappeared Saturday during a fishing trip to McKellar Lake in South Memphis. Nehemiah Crenshaw disappeared Saturday during a fishing trip to McKellar Lake in South Memphis.
Officers from Shelby County Emergency Services use specially trained dogs in boats to aid the search. Officers from Shelby County Emergency Services use specially trained dogs in boats to aid the search.
Crenshaw's family members and police sifted through the 39-year-old's fishing boat. Crenshaw's family members and police sifted through the 39-year-old's fishing boat.

(WMC-TV) - Crews are using everything from search dogs to sonar equipment as they try to find a missing fisherman.

Nehemiah Crenshaw disappeared Saturday during a fishing trip to McKellar Lake in South Memphis.

On day two of the search, officers from Shelby County Emergency Services put specially trained dogs in boats to help look for Crenshaw.

"Odors rise to the surface and they detect those odors as we pass through them," explained Vicky Roye with Shelby County Emergency Services.  "And the dogs indicate, they give us a trained indication as they pass through odor," she added.

A short distance away Crenshaw's family members and police sifted through the 39-year-old's fishing boat.

Another fisherman found it a couple of miles south west of the McKellar Lake boat dock where investigators say Crenshaw first put his boat into the water.

"At this time this is a great stress and pain for the family and also for the department of Memphis City Schools," said friend and co-worker Reverend Donald Small.

Rev. Small says Crenshaw worked under him in Memphis City Schools Maintenance Department.  Small stood with dozens of family members as they waited at the boat dock, hoping, praying that Crenshaw will be found safe.

In addition to the search dogs, police are also searching McKellar Lake with sonar equipment, officers in boats and from helicopters in the air.

"We went quite a ways past the Corp of Engineers back there almost to the mouth of the Mississippi," stated Patty Wood with the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

"Still we are going to keep hope until the end because we have to do that we can't draw a conclusion yet until a conclusion has come to a conclusion and at this point," said Rev. Small.

Investigators describe Crenshaw as an avid fisherman with lots of experience operating a boat.  It's not clear at this hour just how long the search will continue.

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