Search for missing couple in Harrison will resume Wednesday

HARRISON, Ark. - Harrison Assistant Fire Chief Darrell Pace said Wednesday the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission will have dive teams out and use sonar to try to find the John and Amy Villines.

It will be day five of the search for the couple.

Pace said the couple was most likely swept into a tunnel that leads to Lake Harrison, after their car was hit by a flash flood on Highland Street.

The car was found by the street, but a car window was either broken or rolled down.

Over the weekend, crews found John Villines' wallet and clothes but have yet to find anything since.

The assistant fire chief said crews plan to continue to drain the lake to the bottom which takes several days. The lake is about eight-to-ten feet deep. But they’re running into many challenges: the leaves on the bottom of the lake make it hard to get to the bottom, as well as trying to beat wintry weather that may come our way Saturday.

Pace said, “Very taxing on everybody right now the cold weather and stuff it hampers the search a little bit. They’re going to do everything they can. We’re not going to stop. We’re going to work through it and try to bring closure for the family.”

Crews plan to be back out there again around 8 a.m.