Posted: Mar 11, 2013 10:00 AM
Crews continued to search Monday for a man they believe lost in the Daniel Boone National Forest since Saturday, but say weather conditions are hampering their efforts.
Family members say they last saw Earl Smith of Clay County Saturday when he was leaving to take a ride in the forest on his ATV.
"This was his last known whereabouts from the family's description, they say he was coming here to ride and he is usually back by noon when he does that," says David Watson with Emergency Management.
Search and rescue crews began searching for Smith around 9 p.m. Saturday. "They searched until 4 a.m., then they suspended the search and started again at 10 a.m.," says Watson. "We have ATV's, of course, we just have some horse back riders in here and they can give a more diligent search off of the trail a little farther, so we are glad they came."
Officials said Monday that not as many teams are out searching due to the wet weather. Four teams are out with a total of eight volunteers. They have expanded the search to the next grid.