Unicoi County Sheriff: Divers call off search of old quarry for night in Luc Vance case

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UPDATE (4:55 p.m.) – Divers have quit searching an old quarry for the night as they continue to look for Luc Vance.

According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, divers said there was still too much water in the pond and it was “too murky.”

Crews began searching the quarry after a sonar operator captured an image of something in the pond Monday night.

Hensley told News Channel 11 that the divers were still having to search by feel and that they could be within two feet of something and not see it.

Hensley said that after talking with his investigators, he has decided to bring in a larger pump and completely drain the pond.

That pump is already at the scene. Sheriff Hensley said that crews will be draining the pond throughout the night.

The search will continue Wednesday.


UNICOI COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley says draining of a quarry is underway Tuesday as the search for Luc Vance continues.

Hensley told News Channel 11 that on Monday, a sonar specialist picked up an image at the quarry near Unicoi Drive.

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Hensley said Monday night, divers went down into the quarry pond. However, due to the “murky water” and brush and trees in the water, divers were unable to find anything.

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A cadaver dog was also brought in. The sheriff said the dog did alert around the pond, and they decided it was “feasible to drain” the water.

Hensley said that while the cadaver dog did alert, whatever the alert was could be “something else in there a while or an animal.”

Hensley was unsure how long it would take for the pond to drain.

SEE ALSO: Search continues for missing Unicoi County man, Luc Vance

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