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Few clues discovered in doctor's disappearance

BY LAUREL BLACKlblack@paducahsun.com

GRAND RIVERS - After the second day of a multiagency search for a missing doctor, police are no closer to finding the man or explaining why he disappeared from his Marina Village home.

John P. Lyles, 60, was last seen around 12:15 Wednesday afternoon; video footage shows him walking away from Marina Village. His wife reported him missing about four hours later. He left his residence without taking any of his personal possessions or the medication needed to treat the serious illness he suffers from, police said.

"(Lyles) is very much a family man," said Kenny Vincent, deputy director of emergency management in Livingston County. "So for him to walk away from his family is very out of character."

Vincent, who is also a deputy sheriff, is working both the search for Lyles and the investigation into his disappearance. He said an email sent from Lyles' account about 3 1/2 hours after he was last seen failed to give more specific clues as to his whereabouts, as it could have been sent from anywhere in the Grand Rivers area.

He added that while Lyles' optometry practice was located in Calvert City, the missing man has lived in Livingston County for about eight years and took regular walks to Lighthouse Landing around 5 p.m.

Calloway, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg counties have sent rescue teams to help with the search, which stopped around 3 a.m. Thursday morning and resumed at 7 a.m. at the Canal Campground boat dock. Boats from Livingston and Marshall counties searched Lake Barkley, Kentucky Lake and the canal. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the American Red Cross and the Civil Air Patrol have also aided in the search, which cleared the areas around Marina Village, the campground, Ky. 453 and JH O'Bryan Ave., but uncovered no trace of Lyles.

Vincent said the search, which brought a "tremendous" volunteer response Thursday, was continuing. He hopes the presence of the holiday crowd at the lakes will help the effort.

"It'll be a whole lot more people than what I could put on the ground, so I'm hoping that's going to be a positive thing for us," he said. Search teams will be stationed at Canal Overlook today.

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

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