Search for missing fisherman halted

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 3/17/19

The search and recovery effort for a man who went missing while fishing last month on Ocoee Lake No. 3 was halted last week, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.The man, Ronnie Moss, 68, …

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The search and recovery effort for a man who went missing while fishing last month on Ocoee Lake No. 3 was halted last week, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The man, Ronnie Moss, 68, of Delano, was reported missing on Feb. 17,  after he failed to return home after a fishing trip on the lake.

The rescue operation was halted on March 10.

“The evidence that was collected throughout the search operations led investigators to firmly believe that Mr. Moss had been the victim of either a boating accident or medical emergency which led to him overturning and falling from his boat and losing his life in the water," a PCSO press released stated.

The search and rescue operation began immediately after Moss' disappearance and was joined by multiple agencies, who ultimately located his undisturbed vehicle parked at Tumbling Creek Campground, which is the only location where a boat access is located.

According to the press release, “East Polk County Rescue Chief Mike Worley was notified” and “immediately dispatched a boat to the area,” where Moss’ overturned kayak was found in the lake.

Additional rescue personnel were summoned to join the search for Moss.

“Agencies from around the area led by Chief Mike Worley of East Polk Fire and Rescue continued to send boats, equipment and personnel to attempt to recover Mr. Moss through March 10,” the press release stated.

Rescue personnel used sonar, K-9 teams, drones, along with dragging techniques, but were unable to locate the missing man.

Polk County Sheriff Steve Ross asks that anyone in the area over the next few weeks should be on the lookout for anything out of the ordinary and to call 423-496-3301 to report anything observed. 

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