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July 8, 2012

Search continues at Laurel Lake for missing BCHS graduate

LONDON — Rescue workers will continue their search today for 32-year-old Clarence Holmes, a Berea Community School graduate who went missing Thursday after violent thunderstorms tossed him from his pontoon at Laurel Lake in London.

Pulaski County Rescue, which had been assisting in the search Saturday, had to return home, but the London-Laurel County Rescue squad will head back out onto the lake today, weather-permitting, an official said.

Friends and family of Holmes have been desperately searching the lake since his pontoon was found stranded on a sandy island near Marshes Branch.

A missing person flyer was placed on every vehicle’s windshield in the parking lot at Holly Bay Marina. Over a picture of Holmes, the flyer reads: "If seen please call 606-864-6542 or 606-523-2323."

Holmes' name had been placed on the Missing Persons Registry with a description of distinguishing markers, such as his tattoos, in case he had already been rescued and was admitted to a hospital unidentified, family members said.

Thursday afternoon, Clarence was helping friends on their house boat about a mile from Holly Bay Marina, where the family has docked their own house boat for seven years, said Charles Holmes, Clarence’s younger brother.

Before Thursday’s thunderstorms, Clarence left his friends’ houseboat around 3 p.m. and headed back to the marina to check on the water heater in his family’s boat. He had planned to return to his friends’ boat, his brother said, but after the storm subsided, they went in search of Clarence and found the abandoned pontoon.

Around five different rescue agencies from three counties set up a command post at the marina and had a fleet of boats searching the lake. They began by following the current from the location of the abandoned pontoon, said Arnold Holmes, Clarence’s father.

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