Record Attendance at 2018 Annual Meeting

TEXSAR members gathered at McKinney Roughs Nature Park outside of Bastrop, Texas, in January for their Annual Meeting and Training weekend. Because of a grant from a generous foundation, the members were able to attend this event at no cost to themselves. Over the course of three days, 100 members heard from such esteemed professionals as Texas Ranger Michael Smith, Deputy Police Chief Seth Herman (Midland Police Department), Gene Robinson with Drone Pilots, Inc., and Johnny Gonzales,...

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...

Travis County Search – October 30th, 2016

K9 handler, Jennifer Blanton, and Travis County Fire Rescue attend to the K9’s during a search on October, 30th, 2016 in southeast Travis County, TX. Austin, TX — Skeletal remains were discovered this weekend by TEXSAR cadaver dogs.  At the request of Travis County Sheriff’s Office, TEXSAR, Texas Search and Rescue, was tasked with searching an area off of Maha Loop in southeast Austin.  The search area was determined after officials received a tip that indicated 33-year-old Paul Michael Longoria,...

Alpine Search Efforts Ongoing

Alpine, Texas –  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. Dozens of TEXSAR team members from the Gulf Coast, Coastal Bend, Central Texas, North Texas, and West Texas, converged in Alpine to work in coordination with...

Texas Search and Rescue Responds to Memorial Day Floods

Texas Search and Rescue (TEXSAR) is saddened by the devastating floods that have impacted our state over the last two weeks. This tragic loss of life and property has shaken our local communities. TEXSAR deployed to the Blanco River floods in the early morning hours of Sunday May 24th, directly from another deployment located almost 250 miles away. The first morning our team was able to perform 37 water rescues in Martindale, Texas. Since that time, our team has spent...

Lake Medina Search – May 10th and May 15th, 2015

On Sunday, May 10th, 2015, at the request of the Texas Rangers and Bandera County Sheriff’s Office, several TEXSAR K9 handlers were pulled off of a local training exercise to conduct a spontaneous search for a man who was reported missing the prior month. The impromptu search was conducted after the man’s vehicle was located in the brush and swampy terrain of the Lake Medina lake bed not far from the training location.  After a brief search, TEXSAR’s K9 team...

Rockwall Search – March 9, 2015

At approximately 5 a.m. on March 9, 2015, a missing 74 year old nursing home patient departed his home during a cold rain storm. Rockwall Police requested lost person behavior consulting and planning search planning assistance while TEXSAR ground and K9 assets were routed to the search area. A TEXSAR member who also works for the Rockwall Police Department conducted a hasty search and located the man deceased less than a mile away from the nursing home in thick brush. TEXSAR...

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...

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...

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...

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