Man missing on Silver Lake identified; search continues

Boats prepare to join the search for David Spoor Wednesday morning.

Boats prepare to join the search for David Spoor Wednesday morning.

The man who was on Silver Lake Tuesday but became separated from his boat and is now missing has been publicly identified as John D. Spoor, 66, of McHenry, Illinois.

It appears Spoor was fishing with his boat, said Sheriff David Beth. Spoor’s boat and his car were later found, but he is still missing as of the sheriff’s 10 a.m. briefing to the media.

Twelve fire departments from Wisconsin and Illinois are assisting with the search, with Town of Salem Fire/Rescue serving as the fire command agency. Some of the boats are equipped with sonar, which may allow firefighters to detect objects in the water, Beth said.

The search involves six boats in the water and is focused on the northern part of the lake near the DNR launch and the Silver Lake County Park beach, Beth said.

Dive team members are on stand-by, Beth said.

Spoor’s boat was found in trolling mode, Beth said.

Here is more info from a media release from the Sheriff’s Department issued at about 11 a.m:

On 09-16-14 at 2144 hours the Kenosha Joint Services Dispatch Center received a call to check for a missing fisherman’s vehicle. The Village of Silver Lake Police Department was dispatched and began this search. At 2234 hours Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies joined efforts to locate the missing man. Initially, the McHenry (IL) County Sheriff’s Department requested that the DNR boat launch in Silver Lake be checked for the vehicle of an overdue fisherman. The 66 year old fisherman had been gone since 0800 hours on 09-16-14 from his home in McHenry. The man was expected back home at about 1600 hours, but had not returned. Deputies did locate the man’s vehicle at the boat launch. As the search around the area continued, the man’s boat was located on the waters of Silver Lake not too far from shore. Salem Rescue responded with a boat crew as well as, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department Marine Unit. Night time searches were called off at about 0200 on 09-17-14 and scheduled to resume at 0800. At 0800 hours today (09-17-14) search teams did resume searching the waters of Silver Lake. The search is considered a recovery mission at this point. A command post was established on Manor Drive in the Village of Silver Lake with Salem Fire Chief Mike Slover as the Incident Commander. Boats from the Wisconsin DNR, Kenosha Sheriff’s Department, Village of Silver Lake Police Department and Salem Rescue are being utilized. Additionally, sonar equipment from Lake County, IL is being utilized to search underwater. A citizen also volunteered a pontoon boat in order to shuttle equipment to and from the waters.

Here is video of Beth’s 10 a.m. media briefing later:

UPDATE 1:22 p.m. — Not a lot of new information from the noon media briefing from Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mike Weyker: Eight boats are now on the lake searching. A perimeter land search did not find anything. Crews on the boats include divers, who can react if something significant is found on sonar. Teams are expected to continue to search as long as possible. Sonar is not effected by it being dark outside, but divers will not be asked to go into the water under conditions they feel are unsafe. All boat launches to the lake have been closed.

Note: We will have video of Weyker’s press briefing soon. — DH


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