The search for a missing boater on McKellar Lake continues - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

The search for a missing boater on McKellar Lake continues

Nehemiah Crenshaw, 39, is the missing boater. He left his home at 5 a.m. Saturday morning to go fishing. Nehemiah Crenshaw, 39, is the missing boater. He left his home at 5 a.m. Saturday morning to go fishing.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - We expect crews to resume searching McKellar Lake today, with the hopes of finding a boater who went missing Saturday.

Searchers have spent the past two days using everything from search dogs to sonar equipment to try to find Nehimia Crenshaw.

Crenshaw's family has many unanswered questions.

Holding on to hope, Saturday afternoon family members gathered to pray for the safe return of missing fisherman Nehemiah Crenshaw.

Investigators say Crenshaw, 39, left home around 5 o'clock Saturday morning to fish on McKellar Lake in South Memphis.

"A citizen had found the boat," explained Col. A.C. Knight with Memphis police.

Another fisherman feared the worst when he found Crenshaw's abandoned boat navigating the waters but no sign of a boater.

Articles of clothing were reported to be left on the boat.

 Knight said It is a rescue mission at this point, and they will continue searching.

"We're hoping that he's off the boat it's a lot of territory out here that he could be in," Knight said.

Also, his 2004 Chevy Tahoe was later found on the Marina.

Colonel Knight said an underwater search was not yet necessary.

"As dry as it's been and as low as the water is I don't know the depth of the channel but it doesn't seem to be very deep," said Knight.

With very few details about what Crenshaw was wearing or who he might have been with, Colonel Knight warned boaters against taking to the waters alone.

"I wouldn't recommend it on any body of water (being by yourself) because anything could happen and then there's no one there with you," Knight added.

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