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No leads in search formissing man

BY LAUREN P. DUNCANlduncan@paducahsun.com

GRAND RIVERS - The search for a missing doctor who disappeared from his Marina Village home Wednesday came to a close Friday night with no further leads.

John P. Lyles, 60, was reported missing around 4 p.m. Wednesday after he had not been seen since about 12:15 p.m. that day. A multiagency search from Wednesday to Friday had still not resulted in any further details of his location as of press time Friday.

Kenny Vincent, deputy director of emergency management in Livingston County, called off emergency personnel from the search at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, where responders were stationed at Canal Overlook near an inlet off Kentucky Lake. He said a few hundred volunteers had also assisted over the course of Thursday and Friday.

"At this point, I have scaled back tremendously," Vincent said. "It's a holiday."

Crews have searched 3,764 square acres and 12 miles of shoreline twice between Thursday and Friday in an attempt to find the Livingston County man, who reportedly takes regular walks from his Marina Village home to the nearby Lighthouse Landing.

Another major concern is that he takes medication that is "extremely important" to his health, Vincent said.

The search will recommence today, Vincent said, only this time it will only include emergency responders. Volunteers are not asked to join.

At a nearby campsite less than a mile from Marina Village, vacationers had every campsite filled Friday evening. A photograph of Lyles was posted at the campsite's main entrance.

Vincent is hopeful the high amount of traffic around the lakes this weekend can aid in the search for Lyles.

"There's so many people on the lake this weekend, biking, hiking, boating and joyriding," he said. "I feel more comfortable with that many eyes out."

Locals have been voicing their concerns to staff at a Grand Rivers restaurant, Mr. BBQ, which is located along Ky. 453, near the area where Lyles went missing. Owner Jan Quarles of Grand Rivers said customers have been asking if he has been found.

Quarles knows the importance of search and rescue missions. Her grandson is one of the emergency responders with a local fire district who has been out searching for Lyles. She can also recall when her late father-in-law went missing while out hunting, when the factory he worked at shut down so that the entire staff could go searching. He was finally found at about midnight one night. He had suffered a heart attack.

She said she hopes Lyles is found alive.

"Everybody is concerned and would like to see closure to it," she said. "It's awful. I hope he is somewhere where he is safe. I just hate for him to be out there."

While Lyles has been missing since about noon Wednesday, his email account showed he had sent an email at about 3:30 p.m. or 4 p.m. that afternoon, but the information has not aided in the search. Video footage shows him walking away from Marina Village that afternoon. He is an optometrist who practices in Calvert City.

Calloway, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg counties have helped Livingston County officials in the search, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, the American Red Cross, the Civil Air Patrol and Four Rivers Canine. Vincent said searchers have used teams of search dogs, boats and a plane.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call Livingston County dispatch at 270-928-2196.

Contact Lauren Duncan, Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8692 or follow @laurenpduncan on Twitter.

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