Press Releases

TEXSAR K9 Team Locates Body in Cold Case

Texas Rangers contacted TEXSAR on March 5, 2017, and requested the team assist in a cold case recovery search for Naomi Miller who went missing in Tom Green County in 2005. Approximately 15 team members, including K9 Orion, gathered at the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office at 07:00 Tuesday, March 07 and proceeded to the search location. At approximately 1:30 pm, Joseph Huston, with the Gulf Coast Chapter of TEXSAR, and the K9 handler for the volunteer organization originally founded in Austin,...

Alpine Search Efforts Ongoing – UPDATE

Alpine, Texas –  We first reported that on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, the Texas Rangers called the TEXSAR, Texas Search and Rescue, Emergency Activation Line and requested search planning assistance for the Zuzu Renee Verk missing person case in Alpine, Texas. Ms. Verk, a student at Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas, was last heard from Wednesday, October 12. On February 7, 2017, TEXSAR was again summoned by the Texas Rangers to return to Brewster County to assist in the search...

TEXSAR Prospective Member Meeting Scheduled for March 11

Austin, Texas –TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue will host an informational meeting for citizens interested in joining their ranks. The meeting will be Saturday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. at the Sunset Valley City Hall. The informational meeting will explain what it takes to become a member of TEXSAR. Areas of membership include Ground Search and Rescue, Flood and Swiftwater Technicians, Incident Management, Disaster Response, Wildland Firefighting, Medical Team, as well as Non-Field Support Roles. There is a...

Texas Search and Rescue Annual Training

Austin, Texas –The Annual TEXSAR Team Meeting and Training Weekend took place February 3, 4, and 5 at McKinney Roughs Nature Park in Bastrop, Texas. More than 75 TEXSAR Team Members from across the state convened at the park for a full weekend of classroom training, field training, food, and fellowship. Training topics such as K9 Searches and Support, Technology in Search and Rescue, Tracking, and Wilderness First Aid were just a few of the courses conducted over the weekend. The...

TEXSAR 2016 Annual Report

Austin, Texas – We are proud to release our Annual Report for 2016. 2016 turned out to be a busy year with 48 missions from the Gulf Coast to far West Texas. TEXSAR member-volunteers who were on scene to assist will forever remember incidents like the Caldwell County Hot Air Balloon Disaster and the search for ZuZu Verk. We pride ourselves on being in a constant state of readiness. We are geared up and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice, trained...

2017 Board of Directors for TEXSAR: Texas Search and Rescue Announced

Austin, Texas – TEXSAR is pleased to announce the 2017 Board of Directors. Reelected to serve on the Board are Shawn Hohnstreiter (Austin), Chairman; Justen Noakes (San Antonio), CEO; Jennifer Failla (Austin), Vice Chairman; Brandon Goering (Cedar Park) Secretary/Treasurer; Dr. Tyler Jorgensen (Round Rock), Medical Director; Chief Sean Ford (Sunset Valley); Dawn Keller (Odessa); Joe McComb (Corpus Christi); Ed Norman, (Galveston); and Bill Sleep (Austin). New members to the Board include Jackie Dobson (Austin); Justin McInnis (Kyle); and Deke Pierce (Austin). Greg Fair...