HARRISON, Ark. — Lake Harrison has been completely drained and sifted through, but there are still no signs of John or Amy Villines, according to Harrison Mayor Jerry Jackson.
A flash flood swept the couple’s car into Crooked Creek, which leads into Lake Harrison, on Nov. 30. The mayor said he spoke with the couple’s family members Friday, after the lake had been cleared.
“We’ll never quit looking for them, but the majority of the work is behind us,” Mayor Jackson said.
The next step in the search is to bring back cadaver dogs to Lake Harrison. Next week, the dogs will walk along the creekbed and inside the drained lake to search for any sign of the couple. Mayor Jackson said despite no new leads, authorities still have no reason to believe this was nothing, but a tragic accident.
The city of Harrison has approved up to $400,000 to search for the couple. As of Dec. 31, Police Chief Chris Graddy said about $31,000 has been spent, so far.
Chief Graddy said tissue was found early in the search and is at the state crime lab being tested. One tissue sample was not viable. Testing is still being done on the other sample to determine if DNA can be found but right now they don’t know if its human or animal tissue.