Search fails to find body

Arkansas authorities continue to search for the body of Eric Jackson, one month after the Memphis native went underwater in Lake Austell at Village Creek State Park. Cross County Sheriff. J.R. Smith said Monday that there is no evidence of foul play in Jackson's disappearance on July 19, but Smith said searchers have had no luck in finding his body.

His parents say they want to exhaust all resources in finding out what happened to their son. It was unusual, they said, that he would go onto the water without his life jacket.

Four witnesses told sheriff's deputies that they saw Jackson, 39, thrown into the water when his kayak capsized in the lake about 40 miles west of Memphis, Smith said.

Several tried, but failed, to reach him in time.

The Cross County Sheriff's department, Wynne Fire Department, state and federal agencies, along with private divers, have searched the lake repeatedly, Smith said.

Three sets of cadaver dogs have all alerted on an area of the lake between 30 and 50 feet deep. The bottom is covered with submerged trees and other vegetation, which may explain why the victim has not surfaced, Smith said.

"We did an extensive search," said Smith. "Each instance is different. He still has not been found," he said.

Jackson's car was fully packed and ready to leave for Memphis when he disappeared, said family friend Anna Johnson.

"They told us he didn't have his life jacket," said Deborah Jackson of Memphis, the missing man's mother. "I find it hard to believe."

Not knowing what happened, "we are under a lot of stress," she said.

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