Unicoi Co. Sheriff: Sonar specialist assists in search for Luc Vance


UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley and his deputies were once again searching for a missing Unicoi County man on Monday.

News Channel 11 crews arrived at the scene as search teams were wrapping up for the day near a wooded area on private property off of Unicoi Drive.

“I called in a sonar specialist to check some of the ponds, old quarries,” said Sheriff Hensley. “We’re just doing this in the area, we’re checking all bodies of waters as precautionary.”

Hensley says sonar scans picked up an in image in a quarry off Unicoi Drive that’s on private property.

“We called in a dive team to go down and look at it, this is a very old quarry and there’s a lot of debris,” said Sheriff Hensley.

But just like search crews who’ve scoured land across Unicoi county, dive teams didn’t find Luc Vance.

“I don’t even want to estimate the acres that we have searched on foot and we’ve turned up nothing,” said Sheriff Hensley.

The latest ground search happened Saturday with no clear leads.

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During Saturday’s search, Luc Vance’s stepson thanked crews for their efforts.

“I can’t express enough how grateful I am for the support and how many people do come to search when we do have these searches,” said Ben Williams.

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He added that they continue to receive assistance in this search from TBI officials and will be using cadaver dogs in their search this week.

“My investigators, they have been interviewing friends and known associates of Luc Vance, we’re checking all kinds of records available for us…now we’re kind of looking at the water to see if there are any bodies of water he could possibly be in, we want to use every resource and every tool available and we are not going to stop until we find him,” Sheriff Hensley said.

Sheriff Hensley also said the TBI came to his office to conduct a polygraph examination on Monday.

He assured that he and his investigators are continuing to question everyone who knows Luc Vance and they won’t stop until they find him.

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