Renewed lake search finds no sign of toddler
FORT COLLINS – Another search for the body of a 2-year-old boy presumed to have drowned in Carter Lake near Loveland last year turned up no sign of him.Authorities spent three days last week searching for Shay Smith, who is believed to have fallen from an inflatable raft being towed behind his family’s boat in July 2006.His father, Gil Smith of Longmont, pleaded guilty to a charge of child abuse resulting in death.The last official search for Shay was in October 2006. The Larimer County Sheriff Office began another search last Dec. 10, working with Wisconsin resident Larry Bricco, who offered sonar equipment and a dog trained to find bodies.”We don’t go out there very often. But we had a volunteer canine handler who had a cadaver dog who wanted to come out,” said Maj. Bill Nelson of the sheriff’s office.A similar machine was used in the earlier search.Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Johnston said the search was difficult, even though the lake is about 50 feet in depth, compared with 130 feet when the boy disappeared.”One of the problems is that we don’t know where he fell into the lake,” Johnston said.Authorities did not foresee any more lake searches in the near future.—Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan, http://www.coloradoan.com/
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