STOKESDALE, N.C. -- Thursday morning, search teams resumed their surface water search for a Kernersville man who has been missing since he and a friend went fishing on Belews Lake exactly three weeks ago.
After Wednesday's intensified search comprised of divers and sonar devices turned up no new evidence as to the whereabouts of Jacob Line, Stokes County EMS scaled back the search again Thursday.
A Rockingham County deputy found the body of Line's friend--James "Pat" Bohenstiel--floating in the water near the search area Tuesday.
The family of Line issued a statement that read in part quote, "This long ordeal has been overwhelming for all of Jake's family and friends. The absence of his big smile and equally big personality has left a void that cannot be filled. It is our hope that we can also bring Jake home for proper care and rest very soon."
As the search hit the three-week mark Thursday, chief of Madison-Rockingham Rescue Squad Rusty Gray addressed questions from the public as to why the search has "taken so long."
Gray explained in cases of missing persons on water, search teams rely heavily on knowledge of where a missing person was last seen. It is a term dubbed "point last seen." In the case of the Line and Bohenstiel, there was no witness who saw the two fishermen enter the water the day they disappeared. Gray said there was a similar situation 12 years ago on Belews Lake, when the search for one woman lasted 31 days because the woman's husband could not pinpoint when or where she fell off their boat.
The families of both Line and Bohenstiel have expressed gratitude for the hundreds of personnel who have continued to search for their son.