BELTON, Texas — Authorities continued to search for a former New Hampshire man who was involved in a canoeing accident on Belton Lake last Monday night, officials said.
Scott Weinhold, 25, and two other men were fishing on the lake when officials said it appeared both canoes capsized at around 2-3 a.m., officials said.
One of the canoes turned over and during the attempt to save it the other canoe turned over as well, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials said.
One of the men, identified as a Army soldier stationed at Fort Hood, died.
The third person managed to swim to shore safely and started a fire before he was found the next day.
On Thursday, members of Weinhold’s family reported on Facebook that crews had found his jacket, tackle box and shoes on land.
Family members said on social media that this find gives them “a little more hope.”
The Texas Deptartment of Public Safety advised family members and their followers on Thursday, however, that they would not able to continue assisting in the search.
Weinhold’s wife, Shea, said on her Facebook page if they persisted in going into the water on their own they would be charged with criminal trespassing.
Texas public safety officials told Weinhold’s supporters having too many boats in the water would cloud it up and make the effort to find Weinhold’s body even more difficult.
According to Weinhold’s own Facebook page, he came to Texas from New Hampshire and recently had completed a four-year tour of duty in the U.S. Army.
While in the Army, Weinhold had worked as a maintenance operator in a fire control unit at Fort Hood.
The water temperature Tuesday was between 48-50 degrees and hypothermia was a serious concern in those temperatures, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake Manager Ronnie Bruggman said in a statement.
At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the temperature outdoors was 40 degrees but the wind chill made it feel like it was 30 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The wind was from the northwest at 20 mph, with gusts up to 29 mph.
By 3 p.m., the temperature was 51 degrees, and it felt like 45 degrees. The wind was still an obstacle, with gusts up to 28 mph.
The temperature plus the choppy water conditions hampered the search, Bruggman said.
Fort Hood released a statement Tuesday after the accident that said in part, “Fort Hood officials are aware of this unfortunate incident. Texas Parks and Wildlife have the lead in the search efforts. Fort Hood emergency officials are providing support as requested by the Texas Parks and Wildlife.”