By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal
UPDATE 3:46 p.m. – TAYLOR – Lafayette County Emergency Management Director David Shaw said a tracking dog has indicated it had encountered the smell it was seeking in the search for Stephen Tyler Emerick.
Searchers have been working throughout the day, both in the Yocona River and along its banks, two or three miles above Enid Lake, to find the 19-year-old Taylor man who disappeared after leaving his job in Ecru on Monday night.
Emerick’s truck was found Wednesday morning near the Yocona River just off County Road 387 in southwestern Lafayette County.
TAYLOR – Lafayette County authorities suspended their search around dark on Wednesday for Stephen Tyler Emerick, 19. His truck was found that morning near Grinder’s Switch with the ignition on and his cell phone and wallet inside.
They will resume the land-and-water search Thursday morning, Sheriff’s Investigator Jarrett Bundren said.
Emerick was last seen Monday night when he reportedly left work at Ashley Furniture after saying he was sick. He has red hair, is 5’5” and 140 lbs., has a Ducks Unlimited tattoo on his left arm and was last seen wearing jeans and T-shirt.
A family member reported that Emerick has no known medical or mental conditions or any history that would explain his disappearance.
Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office at (662) 234-6421.