Ex-girlfriend of missing boater continues to search for clues

Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The ex-girlfriend of a missing boater says she often visits Percy Priest Lake to look for him or any clue to where he might be.

Jeremy Cross, 36, took his 11-year-old son and an adult friend canoeing on April 2. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA), that morning the weather and lake were calm. But later, a storm came in and there were whitecaps and high winds.

Jeremy Cross
(Courtesy: Facebook)

The canoe capsized with all three on board. Jeremy’s son and friend survived, but there was no sign of Jeremy. Officials say he was not wearing a life jacket.

“My son Gage had to watch that happen to his dad,” said Christie Belcher. She dated Jeremy for several years and shared custody of their 11-year-old son Gage. “I just feel like we’ve got to keep looking– there has to be more that we can do.”

The day after Jeremy disappeared, the TWRA used a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to look for him.

It uses sonar and can see farther in low visibility.

The TWRA is in charge of Jeremy’s case and says it continues to deploy officers to search the lake sporadically.

Christie Belcher (Photo: WKRN)
Christie Belcher (Photo: WKRN)

Nashville’s Office of Emergency Management said in a statement, “We devoted nearly 300 man hours to finding Mr. Cross. That included multiple searches as weather conditions permitted from April 2 through April 9, using multiple boats, an underwater drone, sonar technology, thermal imaging and even volunteer search and rescue dogs. Unfortunately, the area was far too dangerous for OEM personnel to conduct dives, due to extreme depths and conditions that would put our divers’ lives at risk.

They continued, “On April 9, after seven more hours of searching, and in consultation with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, it was determined that search options had been exhausted and the search was called off.”

“I just want to know if there is anybody else we can reach out to that may have more resources that we can use,” asked Belcher. “Is there something else we can do? Something else I can do?”

Until she finds the answer, she continues to visit Percy Priest Lake with the hopes of finding Jeremy Cross.

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