Posted: Jun 14, 2013 8:38 AM by Shannon Newth, Brian Wheatley - MTN News
GREAT FALLS - The search for missing Great Falls optometrist John Kumm will continue at Lake Elwell.
The Kumm family has requested cadaver dogs, which are scheduled to arrive on Friday, according to Liberty County Undersheriff Doug Riggin.
A deep rescue dive team from Billings is also scheduled to begin a search in the water on Saturday. Meanwhile, a separate team of cadaver dogs from Bozeman also arrive on Friday, with their search efforts starting Saturday.
Kumm was reportedly at the lake on his boat on the morning of Thursday, June 6 and spoke with his brother on the phone at 6:46 a.m. At around 7:10 a.m. a woman at the marina looked out on the lake and saw Kumm's boat, but no one was on board.
Authorities believe that Kumm either fell overboard or that his boat came unhooked from the dock and he may have tried to swim after it.
Officials say that they have a good idea where Kumm fell, but the water depth extends to almost 125 feet in that area.
Kumm family members released a statement on Tuesday, explaining that they believe the presumption of drowning is "premature," and note that it is possible that there may have been foul play.