Recovery Efforts Continue For Woman Who Disappeared On Sunday On Dale Hollow Lake

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Ms. Esparza’s inflatable kayak
Ms. Esparza’s inflatable kayak

Recovery efforts continue on Dale Hollow Lake for the body of Christina Esparza, the 46-year-old Red Boiling Springs Woman who disappeared on Sunday. Ms. Esparza was kayaking with her son on rough waters. She was not wearing a personal floatation device.

 

Clay County Rescue, Overton County Rescue, TWRA and Clay County Sheriff’s Office continue to search in water depths well over 100 feet.

Strong storms on Sunday along with high winds have made efforts more difficult. However, officers are dedicated with over 90 hours of search time, officials said. 

 

TWRA officer Dustin Buttram stated, “This is one of the hardest parts of our job as wildlife officers. We’re determined though and our thoughts are with her family.” 

 

Recovery efforts will continue with a regional response occurring on Saturday if Ms. Esparza’s body is not recovered in the next few days. Additional units from surrounding counties will join efforts and continue to broaden their search.

 

TWRA urges boaters to wear personal floatation devices. Personal floatation devices are the number one way boaters can protect themselves. To find more on boating in Tennessee visit: tnwildlife.org.

Personal flotation device is still in a mesh partition
Personal flotation device is still in a mesh partition

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