The search for Lotus percussionist Chuck Morris and his son, who went missing on Thursday, March 16 while kayaking on Beaver Lake in Fayetteville, Ark., has been changed from search and rescue to recovery. Although family and friends were hoping for a miracle, the amount of time that has passed since the two’s disappearance has resulted in a change in search efforts.
“We were all hoping for a miracle, but at this point, the search for Chuck and Charley has picked up. With the help of the K9 team, a probable location exists on the lake, but logistical challenges, including temperature, weather and depth, have prevented a recovery thus far,” the band wrote in a statement. “It is unknown how long these efforts may take. While we are deeply grieving, we plan to celebrate the lives of Chuck and Charley, our memories with them, and what they meant to so many people. Thank you to everyone who has reached out with kind words, stories, emotional and financial support.”
Little information has been shared since the father and son went missing, as there was little to report. However, the outpouring of support from Morris’s friends and fans has been ongoing since news of his disappearance broke. A vigil was held at Lost Bridge on March 18, and online communities have planned other virtual gatherings as well.
Yesterday Morris’s wife, Jenny Thompson, released a statement saying: “Please know how grateful our family is for all the support. Chuck absolutely loves the Lotus family and fans and was so inspired after coming home from this latest tour. You make his life so meaningful and we are grateful for that. Please continue to keep my lovely husband and son in your hearts and prayers.”
Support the Morris family at gofund.me/bd9a1acf.