LAKE PARK, GA (WALB) – The search continues Monday night for a Valdosta teenager who disappeared while hunting on a pond in Lake Park over the weekend.
James Eunice, the brother of a former Valdosta city councilman, fell out of a boat Saturday afternoon while he was stirring up some ducks. He hasn't been seen since.
A helicopter flies over Ocean Pond. The search for 17-year-old James Eunice has been a non- stop operation since Saturday afternoon.
"On behalf of the Eunice Family they cannot be more grateful to the whole community for not only these rescue efforts but for the outpouring of love, prayers, food," said family spokesperson Sharon Holder. "It's just been phenomenal and they are just overwhelmed with gratefulness."
Investigators say they're using helicopters to search land and shore areas.
"Because of the growth it's so thick it's hard to get in there," said Lowndes County Lt. Stryde Jones.
It's day three of the search. Dive teams were out Monday morning in 45º waters searching for any signs of Eunice.
"We've been running 24 hours a day with sonar boats, as well as dive operations through the night-- we haven't stopped yet," said Lt. Jones.
Saturday, Eunice was in a boat on the pond duck hunting. "At some point he either fell out and he became dislodged and separated from the boat," said Lt. Jones. "As far as what happened, we don't truthfully know."
"Well there's always hope isn't there and we are always grateful for the love that's outpoured, may that keep coming," said Holder.
James Eunice is the brother of former Valdosta City Councilman John Eunice, the youngest person ever elected the council.
He recently left the post to attend law school, and his father ran unsuccessfully for the seat.
Here is the official statement from the Eunice family:
"We are extremely thankful for the outpouring of support from the Valdosta-Lowndes community as we endure this tragic event.
The multi-agency rescue effort on behalf of our son James has been overwhelming to witness. Federal, state and local coordination has been superb. We continue to hold out hope that James will be found.
We know that we have the best people in the search and rescue business coordinating the effort, and we are patiently, yet anxiously, awaiting the results. Our family has been overwhelmed by the prayers, encouragement and support.
We kindly ask that you continue to pray for the rescue efforts as our family holds out for hope."
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