UPDATE: Search for missing Polk Co. fisherman halted after all resources 'exhausted'
UPDATE: The search for a missing Polk County fisherman has been halted.
Sheriff Steve Ross said they have exhausted all resources in the search for 68-year-old Ronnie Moss.
Moss had been missing since February 16 when he went fishing and did not return home.
Sheriff Ross said they believe Moss was either in a boating accident or had a medical emergency.
"The evidence that was collected throughout the search operations led investigators to firmly believe that Mr. Moss had been the victim of either a boating accident or medical emergency which led to him overturning and falling from his boat and losing his life in the water," Sheriff Ross said.
Anyone in the area of Ocoee Lake #3 is asked to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary and report anything odd to 423-496-3301.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the wife, family and friends of Mr. Moss," Sheriff Ross added.
Over 20 agencies assisted with the search.
PREVIOUS STORY: Due to the weather, crews did not get out and continue searching Sunday for a missing fisherman in Polk County.
Sheriff Steve Ross said they are trying to figure out what the next step in the search will be.
He added that as weather and time permits, they will figure out when they will search.
PREVIOUS STORY: It's been two weeks since a fisherman went missing off of Tumbling Creek, near the Ocoee Lake.
Crews are now exhausting all resources they can to help with the recovery process.
Polk County Sheriff Steve Ross said it’s time to bring the fisherman home.
"We need to bring this young man home. Like I told the guys this morning, the Lord's got his soul; we need to bring the body back to the family,” Ross said.
Multiple rescue crews from across Tennessee and Georgia came to Tumbling Creek and launched multiple boats into the water.
They were preparing to begin the dragging process, where they throw nets with hooks into the water And hopefully, catch on to part of the fisherman's clothing.
Sheriff Ross said the turnout from outside the county has been incredible.
"Thank you. From the bottom of our hearts," Ross said. "I know the family, I've talked to the wife several times, and she has nothing but praise and gratitude. She had no idea we would have this many or that this many people cared."
Crews plan to be out until dark looking for the fisherman.
And if they don't find him this weekend, they'll continue the search another day, and find more resources to help end this recovery mission.
"We still have other options that we are thinking about employing. We are not ready to give up. We're a, a little bit hard-nosed. We are determined to bring this man home,” Ross said.
Ross said crews will continue the search Sunday morning if the fisherman isn’t found Saturday.