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GRDA doing everything it can to find missing Joplin man

Updated January 31 at 6:15 PM CST:  Crews at Grand Lake have been searching for a missing Joplin man by air and by water since his disappearance on Sunday.  But there still no sign of the man.

"Kind of a bittersweet thing, they've been through this plenty of times, so they know how to do it," says Chris Carlson, Homeland Security for the Grand River Dam Authority.

From side and bottom sonar to help from Lakemont volunteer firefighters, the GRDA says it is pulling out all of the stops to find Michael Shane Chapman, who was on the 46,000 acre lake by himself on Sunday.

"We just want to make a quick response because that rescue operation is really critical, as well as gathering information if we are unsuccessful in a rescue, all that information is critical and helps with the recovery," says Carlson.

The GRDA says they will continue to search from dawn until dusk, with four boats and two helicopters.  They say they will continue the search until the missing man is found.

"Water temperature, water depth, there are a lot of factors that go into that as well as the large area that we are searching, so this could be several days," says Carlson.  "This could turn into, unfortunately, a couple of weeks."

According to the GRDA it sees about five to eight full scale rescues such as these every year and all information is critical to the search.

Chapman's case is no different.

"The boat was recovered Monday afternoon about 4:30, just across the lake here from where we are standing and we have reason to believe he is in the water," GRDA Communication Director Justin Alberty told us.

Alberty says factors ranging from the spare lake population during the winter months and the fact that Chapman was alone on the lake are unfortunate factors in the case.  But he says the GRDA Patrol is well trained and expect a recovery in the near future.

The GRDA wants to remind boaters to always tell someone where on the lake you plan to visit and for how long.  Also to try to bring a friend or at the very least a cell phone for emergencies.

Updated January 29 at 2:50 PM CST:  The search continues this afternoon for a Joplin man missing in Grand Lake since Sunday.

In a statement released this afternoon the Grand River Dam Authority says Michael Shane Chapman, 40 of Joplin, has been missing since Sunday.

Chapman's boat was recovered Monday at about 4 p.m. in the Sailboat Bridge area of the lake.

Today's storms have caused delays, but officials continue to search the Grand Lake area using boats and helicopters.

Posted January 29, 2013 at 1:08 PM CST:  Today's weather conditions has made the search for a missing boater on Grand Lake very difficult.

The Grand River Dam Authority Lake Police recovered a boat on Monday at about 4:30 p.m. and began searching the lake by helicopter.

"At daylight this morning, our crews began searching the waters of Grand Lake west of Sailboat Bridge to near the East Bay area --- an area of approx. 10 square miles," Justin Alberty of the GRDA tells us via email.  "Unfortunately, the weather conditions this morning has made the search very difficult and even caused some delays."

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