WASHINGTON, Mo.- Family members of a paraglider from O’Fallon, Missouri who crashed into the Missouri River are asking for volunteers to help in searching for him.
Meanwhile, the Missouri Highway Patrol is continuing the search Monday morning.
We’re told 35-year-old Kenny Loudermilk was operating a powered paraglider last Wednesday evening, when several eyewitnesses reported seeing him crash into the Missouri River just east of the Highway 47 Bridge in Washington, Missouri.
Witnesses said they saw Loudermilk go underwater, and he never resurfaced. He and another paraglider were heading from Defiance to Herman. The two apparently got separated, which we’re told is not necessarily unusual, and the other paraglider didn’t see anything happen.
Crews from different agencies including the Missouri Highway Patrol’s Marine Operations Division have been searching for Loudermilk but so far have found nothing. The Missouri Highway Patrol has been taking the lead.
Loudermilk’s family members are now asking anyone with equipment like boats, sonars, drones and even helicopters to help in the search. The family wants to search from the Chain of Rocks Bridge area at Choteau Island to the north where the Mississippi River meets the Missouri River. Then they want to search up the Missouri River to Washington.
A prayer vigil for Loudermilk is set for this Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the James Rennick Riverfront Park on Elbert Drive in Washington.
If you are looking to volunteer to help search, you can contact Racheal Croce at 636-357-3026 or Debbie Maret at 314-374-0634.