FRITCH, Texas (KFDA) - Rangers and game wardens continue to search for a man who went missing Sunday night after hunting at Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.
According to officials, Ryan Kennedy went hunting and camping on Sunday.
Sunday afternoon after 5:00 p.m., he called his family to tell them he had killed a deer at Lake Meredith and would be heading home.
However, he did not return home, officials said. That night, rangers found the man’s truck and boat trailer, but there was no sign of the man or the boat.
Eric Smith, the superintendent at Lake Meredith, said Kennedy traveled about two miles across the lake to camp.
“Yesterday, we had a ground search. We had our boats, along with Park Rangers on the water, we had boats from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on the water with the game wardens and the Texas DPS helicopter assisted us with searching yesterday and actually helped us locate some of his belonging as well,” said Smith.
By the time Kennedy would have traveled back across that lake, it would have been dark with 14 miles per hour winds and over 20 mile per hour wind gusts, Smith said.
Rangers continued the ground search on Sunday and initiated a water search Monday morning.
Yesterday afternoon, search and rescue teams found camping items belonging to Kennedy in the water, but Kennedy and his boat are still missing.
His boat is a small, Aluminum John boat, which is a motorized boat.
Smith said the rescue will continue today with a side-scan of the lake to try to locate the boat underwater. Once they do, divers will be sent out on the search and rescue mission.
Smith said Kennedy is a medic at Apollo MedFlight. He is not from here but is living in Canyon.
“He has the training and understands how to survive in a situation like this,” said Smith. “All the evidence is pointing towards being in the lake. We’re still in a rescue mode. Until, we’re following where the evidence is pointing towards, but we’re not giving up on the ground search as well."
If anyone has information on Kennedy, please call the Lake Meredith headquarters at (806) 857-3151.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens and the Texas Department of Public Safety are assisting with the search.