Search for missing triathlete at Joe Pool Lake continues



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Posted on August 21, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 22 at 9:15 AM

GRAND PRAIRIE – For a second day, Grand Prairie rescue teams had to suspend the search for a missing triathlete Tuesday evening at Joe Pool Lake.

Ed Thompson, 45, disappeared Monday.

"I'm standing firm and believing a miracle that we find him alive, but nonetheless, we want to find him," said Regina, Thompson's wife, as she watched divers search the area for clues.

Lyle Gensler, a spokesman for the Grand Prairie Police Department, said the Mansfield resident was training there for a triathlon. He left his home at 5 p.m. Monday and hadn't returned at 9 p.m.

His wife went to the Lynn Creek Park swimming area, Monday night, where her husband said he would be. She found his car, clothing, and towel, but no other sign of the athlete.

"Maybe he got hurt," Mrs. Thompson said. "Maybe a jet skier picked him up. Maybe he has dementia and he's not sure where he is or who he is."

They are all scenarios that police say are possible.

"Do we know if anybody actually saw him go into the water? No," Gensler said.

That's adding to the complexity of the search. Boats and divers are in water that stretches across more than 7,000 acres.

"There are points in this lake that go 80-, 75-feet deep," Gensler said. "That can play a role, too."

Regina Thompson just hopes to see her husband again.

"He's an amazing guy, he's an awesome father, he reads my kids stories every night,” she said. "I just can't imagine my life without him. That's why this plea is going out, because I will stay strong until we find him."