Officials are continuing a search of the Oostanaula River today for a missing teen boy.
Calhoun High sophomore Francisco “Paco” Vasquez, 16, was reported missing on Friday after he allegedly went swimming in the Oostaunala River and never resurfaced.
However, officials do remain hopeful that Vasquez will be found soon.
“I think we will find him today,” said Lt. Harris Housley of the Calhoun Police Department.
A Gordon County E-911 official told the Calhoun Times that at 4:29 p.m. on Friday, 911 received a call about a young male who was swimming across the Oostaunala River at Mauldin Road by the soccer fields. The 911 caller told officials Friday that the young man never resurfaced.
Calhoun Police Department public information officer, Lt. Tony Pyle said the CPD along with the Georgia State Patrol was continuing to search the river today.
Dive teams from both GSP and CPD are searching the river using a grid-like pattern, Pyle said.
"We started at the point where he was last seen and we have searched small areas moving with the river," Pyle said. According to Calhoun Fire Chief, Lenny Nesbitt more than 30 law enforcement or fire officials were on the scene Monday, and local and state divers were alternating sending teams into the water.
Housley also said the inter-department search has utilized sonar to find Vasquez.
“We have used every modern technique available to us," said Housley.
However, the search and rescue team has had to fight against the elements.
“The biggest issue is fighting against the current,” Housley said.
The team is using boats from city police and fire, as well borrowing boats from Bartow County.
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