Search for missing child at Greenville reservoir

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by TERESA WOODARD

WFAA

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 12 at 7:26 AM

Greenville Reservoir Number Four

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GREENVILLE - A boy's fishing trip with his parents turned tragic Monday evening when he fell in the water and didn't surface.

A Hunt County dive team was summoned to the reservoir north of Greenville around 5:45 p.m. after the parents of three-year-old Letaro "E.M." Micky reported him missing.

His father said his son slipped away for just a moment and fell in the water.  The dad jumped in to find his son, but only felt his foot. 

The boy's slipper came off in his hand, he said, but he couldn't get E.M. out of the water.  

A Hunt County EMS dive team quickly began a search at Greenville Reservoir Number Four, adjacent to a city-owned power plant.  But the generating station's pumps were on, causing a strong current in the water. 

Greenville Fire Chief Doug Caison worried that the boy's body may have floated through a tunnel and into another part of the reservoir.

"At first I thought this was a call about a fisherman, a grown man," Caison said. "That's bad enough. But when you find out its a three-year-old, it's the worst case scenario."

He said teams would continue to search, despite the darkness. 

It had already been a deadly weekend on North Texas waterways, with three deaths at Joe Pool Lake and a fourth at Lewisville Lake.

E-mail twoodard@wfaa.com

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