Search for missing Coppell student enters third day

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by MARCUS MOORE & STEVE STOLER

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Posted on October 16, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 16 at 6:44 PM

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE -- The search for Jacob Logan, a Coppell High student and football star, pushed into a third day Tuesday.

Jacob, 17, went missing at Possum Kingdom Lake on Sunday afternoon when he didn't resurface after jumping off a lakeside cliff.

Search teams from four different authorities continued to comb the area around the cliffs Tuesday using enhanced sonar equipment. The Texas Department of Wildlive and Fisheries dive team are also taking part. 

Sources told News 8 the areas around the cliffs are extremely dark, 70 TO 80 feet deep, and full of rocks and timber, which have all complicated the search. 

Four boats and dive teams will continue the search from dawn until dusk Tuesday.

Jacob, a senior, is a defensive back and wide receiver for the 6-0 Coppell Cowboys, one of the top-ranked high school teams in the state.

"Jacob stood for everything that's right," said Coppell Head Coach Joe McBride. "He is a great testimony of what's good in kids today. He's a teacher's dream in the classroom; he's a coach's dream on the field. He's a very humble and confident kid."

Jacob was Coppell's leading receiver last season and has been a starter on the team for three seasons. Eight colleges have shown interest in him, including Texas Tech and Oregon, but Logan had not yet committed to any school.

The football team had their first practice since Jacob went missing on Tuesday.

"The practice was a constant reminder, because somebody else is doing that role and someone else is doing this," McBride said. "Y'know, it's just constant little reminders that it's going to take a little time to heal."

Friends and teachers described Logan as a young man of strong faith. Some students wept in the halls of the high school Monday and donned blue ribbons in his honor. 

He spent much of his childhood at two area churches, including the Irving Bible Church. Pastor Andy McQuitty, who is counseling the Logans, says the long search for the teen's body is placing a tremendous burden on his family. Finding Jacob, he says, will help the family cope with the loss.

 

"Psychologically, and spiritually and emotionally, it just helps to let the finality of death really settle in," said McQuitty. "And it helps them move into the reality now of 'what I must do.'"

McQuitty says there's no easy way to make sense of the tragedy. He met with Jacob's mother, Mona Logan, Tuesday morning. They spoke of his legacy as a godly person, one who was talented, gifted and well-loved. 

"The first thing I always tell them is there are no answers to God's ways in these sorts of tragedies that will ever make the hurt go away," McQuitty said. "What I try to do is simply grieve with those who grive and to say it is good and right that our hearts are broken."

Fighting back tears Monday, Logan's sister, Jordan, said her brother "won the race to see Jesus."

 

An account for the benefit of the Logan family has been set up at Frost Bank at 102 North Denton Tap Road in Coppell. The account number is 952050293.

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