Tribune-Courier General Manager
GRAND RIVERS – Emergency personnel from several counties and hundreds of volunteers spent much of the Fourth of July holiday weekend searching for Calvert City optometrist Dr. J.P. Lyles, who went missing last Wednesday.
Late Saturday, police and family members of Lyles made the decision to scale back the search after four days of coming up short on clues as to his whereabouts.
Curt Curtner of the Marshall County Rescue Squad said the extensive search had turned up nothing which warranted continuing the effort.
The search included water, air, canine and ground personnel from several counties.
Curtner and members of his squad had assisted in the search since Wednesday evening.
Crews from Livingston, Lyon, Marshall and McCracken counties had covered 3,764 acres and 12 miles of shoreline, including parts of Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake, Canal Campground, Marina Village and Grand Rivers.
Lyles was last seen on surveillance video walking out of Marina Village in Grand Rivers shortly after noon last Wednesday for an afternoon walk, something he did routinely.
Recently diagnosed with a serious illness, Lyles had not taken medication or other personal belongings with him when he left his home.
Lyles was wearing a green T-shirt and khaki shorts. Anyone with information as to his whereabout is asked to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department at 270-928-2122.