Crews resume search for possible drowning victim in Cypress Creek

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Brian Conner's wife says her husband went under water and never resurfaced (Steve Campion)

The search is still underway for a possible drowning victim on Cypress Creek.

A 911 call was received by Northeast fire and rescue at 8:40pm Saturday. When firefighters arrived, they found a capsized canoe in the slow-moving creek. What appeared to be a fishing tackle box and other gear was also recovered.

Precinct 4 deputies say a husband and wife were in two separate canoes when the man's canoe capsized. His wife, Terri Conner, says her husband went under water and never resurfaced. Terri identified her missing husband as Brian Conner.

"He didn't have anything to eat. He didn't have his insulin," Terri said.

Every Sunday for the past months, they have kayaked down the river, a ritual of sorts. Yesterday, he apparently became disoriented he went ahead for help and hasn't seen him since.

Volunteers with Texas Equusearch joined the search this morning along the creek beneath the Cypresswood bridge. There is fear rain could turn a slow creek into a fast moving one.

"Pray for the best. That's all we can do," said Frank Black with Texas Equusearch.

Their search in the woods quickly turned up nothing, shifting their focus underneath the surface.

"The weather coming this way. It's pretty urgent we find him as quickly as we can," said Captain Wally Wieghat with the Constable Precinct Four Office.

Firefighters used thermal cameras overnight but didn't see anything in a 1.5 mile area. Boats with sonar were called in to help.
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