Posted: Sep 19, 2013 8:33 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 19, 2013 8:33 PM
On Thursday afternoon search and rescue teams recovered the body of a man missing in Placid lake since last month.
DelRay Saeman vanished August 23rd while he was out boating.
Earlier searches came up empty. But when Seeley Swan Search and Rescue resumed the search Thursday morning and afternoon, sonar detected his body.
His family was there as teams brought him to shore and they were able to pay their respects before his body was transported to the State crime lab. There, scientists will determine the cause of death.
August 31st, 2013
MISSOULA - Seeley Swan Search & Rescue will resume searching for DelRay Saeman of Great Falls on Saturday.
Senior Deputy Bob Parcell said that the search for the missing 69-year-old man will resume on Saturday at 6 a.m.
Saeman, 69, took his boat out on the water of Placid Lake to do mechanical work on Friday, August 23rd.
The boat was later found drifting toward shore without Saeman.
Searchers will coordinate a multi-agency effort with Flathead County Search & Rescue, Lake County Search & Rescue and Missoula County Search & Rescue.
Parcell said two search dogs from Billings will assist in the search as well as resources from other contributing search and rescue units.
He explained that the search dogs are utilized in the search by patrolling the water by boat, then detecting smells that may be present at the surface of the water.
When the dogs detect a "hit" or smell, the sonar is then deployed to that location in the water from various angles.
Parcell added that the assisting units will provide sonar, scuba dive teams, jet boats, and up to three search dogs.