Lake Travis Recovery Search – Pace Bend

At approximately 3:30 AM on the morning of January 21, 2015, Texas Search And Rescue (TEXSAR) deployed to the Pace Bend area in Spicewood, just off of the Colorado River, at the request of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) to assist with a search for a missing man. TEXSAR deployed 8 personnel and 2 K9s, including Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR), Flood and Swiftwater Rescue (FAST), K9 and Incident Management Team (IMT) resources, in support of this request. At approximately 08:30...

Gillespie County Search

TEXSAR deployed on Sunday, January 18th at the request of Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills to assist the Sheriff’s Department and the Harper Volunteer Fire Department to search for 3 missing children. By 08:00, TEXSAR had 20 GSAR Technicians, 5 K9 Teams, and IMT personnel in the field in rural Harper TX. At approximately 09:15, the three children were safely located at a neighbors house, after spending the night outside. TEXSAR would like to thank the Gillespie County Sheriff’s Office and the...

Wylie Search – October 18, 2014

On October 18, 2014, at the request of the Wylie, Texas Police Department, TEXSAR was called to conduct a search for a missing Wylie-area nurse’s aid who was discovered missing after she did not appear at work. The search area was a three mile route she normally took between her home and work. After weeks of searching by local police and fire units, the TEXSAR Austin and Dallas Teams were called in and conducted a wide area land search. The...

Deputy Jessica Hollis Search

Early in the morning on September 18 Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office went missing in a flooded creek near Mansfield Dam.  Over the next two days, members from over a dozen different agencies searched by ground, water, and air to find this missing deputy until the fallen deputy was located and recovered from Lake Austin. TEXSAR was honored to be one of the agencies called to participate in this search that leveraged every capability and every...

Bastrop County Search

On Wednesday, August 27th, 2014, at the request of the Texas Rangers and in concert with Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, several TEXSAR members deployed to assist the in the search for a woman missing since August 5th. While preparing to deploy ground search and K9 assets, TEXSAR’s air search assets began the search for the missing woman. After an approximate one hour search via TEXSAR helicopter, a person’s remains were located in dense brush just north of Bastrop. With no other...

San Marcos River Searches

On three consecutive weekends TEXSAR was called to aid in searches for missing swimmers along the San Marcos River. The first search started with a call on the evening of August 9 for a 20-year-old male tuber had been missing since that afternoon near Martindale, TX. Units from Chisholm Trail Fire Rescue‘s swift water rescue team, San Marcos SMART Divers, TEXSAR, Maxwell VFD, Martindale Vol. Fire Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Caldwell County Sheriffs...

Antonio Perea Search

On the evening of Sunday, July 13, 2014, several TEXSAR members were deployed to assist the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Travis County Search and Rescue, and Alamo Area Search and Rescue in the search for Antonio Perea.  Mr. Perea left his residence in southeast Travis County early in the morning that Sunday. Due to high temperatures and his known medical issues multiple search assets were enlisted to help in the effort. These assets included search personnel, search management personnel, K9’s, and...

TEXSAR Supports Brewster County Sheriff’s Office in Terlingua

The TEXSAR team was once again called out to Big Bend country in mid-June. This time we were asked to support an on-going investigation by the Brewster County Sheriff’s office and the Social Security Administration. This deployment demonstrated TEXSAR’s agility by deploying personnel from numerous locations across Texas. Personnel in the search came from Midland, San Antonio, Austin, and Hearn meeting up in the west Texas town of Terlingua. The advance team arrived mid-afternoon which allowed them to link...

Lake Grapevine Search – June 22, 2014

On June 22, 2014, the Texas Department of Public Safety called the TEXSAR activation line in regard to a missing mountain biker, 30 year old Wesley Andrew Hixson, who was last seen around 10 a.m. on June 21st. Hixson crashed his mountain bike prior to getting separated from his group and may have suffered a head injury. Flower Mound PD and other agencies had conducted a search the night before TEXSAR was contacted. Within 45 minutes of activation 7 GSAR...

TEXSAR Assists Caldwell County in Swiftwater Search & Recovery

On the evening on May 27, 2014 TEXSAR received a request for assistance in searching for a three-year-old girl who had gone missing while playing in a flooded creek near her home in Caldwell County. Within two hours of the initial call, more than two-dozen TEXSAR members and canines were on site searching the swollen creek and the surrounding areas for the missing child. After 6 hours of searching, the TEXSAR Swiftwater Rescue and Canine teams were able to locate and...

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