Multiple law enforcement officials are searching for Grant County Deputy Keith Wright, who went missing Friday night on Lake Ouachita.The sheriff’s office received a call at 9:49 p.m. Friday, July 19, from an individual who stated he could not find his friend after a night on the lake.
The two reportedly dove off their party barge near a cove just north of Mountain Harbor Resort. Shortly after, they realized the boat was drifting north and the two men began to swim back to it.
During this time, the two individuals lost contact with each other. The caller swam to shore and was able to call for help.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas Game and Fish, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Rangers, Joplin VFD, and Mt. Ida-South Fork VFD responded to the call, but Wright has still not been found.
The boat was found at the back of a cove with the engine still running and the gear shift in neutral.
Grant County Chief Deputy Pete Roberts said Keith Wright is a great man who cares about everybody.
“He was the deputy that you wanted coming when you needed help. He was always the first on the scene and the last to leave,” said Roberts.
Police say the Search and Rescue operations are on-going and will continue until Wright is found.
We will update this story as the investigation continues.