Drones, Boats And Sonar Used To Search For Missing Springdale Man

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFSM) — Emergency crews spent three days searching Lake Fayetteville for a man who has been missing for a week.

According to the Morgan Nick Foundation, 61-year-old Robert Elmer, who goes by Jeff, was reported missing on Feb. 10. He is a white male, 5'11", weighs 184 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair.

Saturday (Feb 15.), boats searched Lake Fayetteville using sonar technology, trying to locate anything suspicious in the water. According to Fayetteville Fire Department Assistant Chief, Thomas Good, divers were put into the water but did not find anything that could help moving forward.

A massive manhunt with nearly 100 volunteers searched the wooded areas surrounding the lake.

Crews on the water were manned with a GPS tracking system. They searched for five hours in the water, coastlines, woods, and trails with no sign of Jeff Elmer.

On Friday (Feb.13), Springdale Police used drones around the lake to search for Elmer. The next day they put boats on the water to search the shoreline.

According to Elmer's friends, he was last heard from on Saturday (Feb. 8) and also posted on social media that day.

Elmer's vehicle, a 2013 Scion XB, was found at Veteran's Memorial Park and Lake Fayetteville on Sunday (Feb. 9), but he was not in it.

Police said they did not find anything suspicious in or around the vehicle.

His friends say that it's incredibly unusual for his vehicle to be at the lake because he is not "outdoorsy" and doesn't bike or run.

Jeff Taylor, with Springdale police, said investigators searched Elmer's apartment in Fayetteville, but he was last seen in Springdale where his family lives.

Elmer's friends also said that he is very outgoing and friendly. He plays bass guitar in a band, and his nickname is "machine man."

If you know of Elmer's whereabouts, you're asked to contact Springdale police immediately at 479-751-4542.

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