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Through another weekend, divers, boats and dogs continued the long search for the remains of Larry Sack.

Sack is thought to have fallen in the supply canal above the Sutherland Reservoir while fishing during Labor Day weekend. His family members reported him missing Monday, and his pickup and fishing gear were found on the canal bank about six miles from the reservoir inlet. Divers began looking for him on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and the search has continued every day since then.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-16, were more days of disappointment for searchers and Sack’s family, Lincoln County Chief Deputy Sheriff Rollie Kramer said late Sunday afternoon.

Searchers got a shot of home Thursday when part of a leg turned up on the lake. There were no more meaninful indications Friday, but Kramer said on Saturday, a dog alerted from a boat on the lake, indicating remains nearby. But divers went down followed by jet skis pulling drags through the water, without success.

“We started this morning around 10 a.m. and looked until mid-afternoon," Kramer said. "Yesterday we looked until dark.”

The remains will be sent to a lab Monday for a DNA match, Kramer said.

He said searchers would like to rest and reassess for Monday. Private citizens have said they will keep looking.

Kramer said the divers from Sutherland, Paxton and Ogallala have worked hard.

“They get paid nothing,” he said. “They have been here every time we ask, and they have done everything we can think of.”

Kramer also expressed gratitude to a Lincoln County woman who has donated a bloodhound to the search.

When searchers found Sack's pickup on Sept. 4, they said the line of his fishing pole was in the water and his gear set out on the bank.

A dive team arrived that afternoon and slowly began searching the swift flowing, 15-foot-deep canal. Dogs, airplanes and horseback riders searched the surrounding area. For the last week, the attention of searchers has focused on the lake.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 9/16/2012
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