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Fisherman missing at Mittry Lake
Sheriff's deputies scoured Mittry Lake Wednesday afternoon in search of a man who went fishing there Monday night and disappeared.
According to the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, a California man was in the area visiting friends when he decided to go fishing and traveled to the lake in his maroon Ford F-150 truck at about 9 p.m.
The lake is about 18 miles northeast of Yuma on the east side of the Colorado River between Laguna and Imperial Dams.
The man apparently launched his boat from a ramp, then parked his truck nearby on a concrete slab before heading out into the water.
The man's friends became concerned after he didn't return and drove out to the ramp Wednesday. They found his truck still parked near the launching ramp and called YCSO to report him missing.
At about 1:30 p.m., “we went out there and deployed one of our vessels,” said Alfonso Zavala, a YCSO public information officer.
“They went out searching and they found the missing person's boat mostly submerged in the water.”
Deputies also found the man's belongings on the boat, including a tacklebox, fishing rods and other equipment. The boat was recovered and brought back to the shore, but the man was not located.
At about 4 p.m., deputies called out a dive team to search for the man and requested a Customs and Border Protection helicopter be dispatched to the lake to aid in their search. The deputies remained on scene until dusk, finding no trace of the man.
“They were unable to find anybody and they will resume diving” early Thursday morning, Zavala said.
“We don't know if he is in the water, but because of where the boat was at, we are searching. We don't know where he is at.”
YCSO is not releasing the identity of the man at this time “because we can't confirm if he is deceased or not, and if he is deceased we don't want (his family) finding out via television or newspaper,” Zavala noted.
No other information was available as of press time Wednesday. YCSO encourages anyone with any knowledge about the whereabouts of the missing man to call them at 783-4427, or 78-CRIME to remain anonymous.
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