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Search at Grand Lake continues for missing Joplin man

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Grand River Dam Authority police continue to search for a Joplin man who went missing one year ago from today.

40-year-old Michael Shane Chapman was on a fishing outing at Grand Lake on January 27, 2013.  His boat was recovered a day later near Sailboat Bridge in Grove, Oklahoma without him on it.

Officials believe Chapman's body is still somewhere in the lake of 46,000 acres.

GRDA Communications Director Justin Alberty says initial searches conducted in January 2013 were challenging, especially since no one witnessed Chapman falling into the water.

"When you find the boat later, you have to kind of put together the case and back track to exactly where the person might have went in, that's a challenge," Alberty said.  "Of course, it being the time of the year that it was, January, it was cold, the wind and all the wave action, things like that make it a challenge as well."

Grove residents who live in the area recall search helicopters flying over daily.

"We'd hear the helicopters going over everyday searching and the boats going by searching the cove," Jeff Stone said.  "It's a sad deal."

GRDA officials say unfortunately these kind of searches take place year-round.

Alberty says they will continue to scan the water with sonar equipped boats and can hopefully one day bring some closure to Chapman's family and friends.

"I'm sure it was difficult for the family and certainly, all our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the family in this situation," he said.

Family and friends held a memorial service for Chapman early last June.

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