Mutual aid key as search expands on Pickwick Lake for Jeremiah Sanders

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COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - With one brother found, crews were back on Pickwick Lake Wednesday searching for any sign of Jeremiah Sanders.

The search area has expanded to cover more than 50 miles of waterway, and that’s taking a lot of cooperation between many agencies.

Two weeks ago, the call for crews to help search the Tennessee River went out.

Since Jacob and Jeremiah Sanders were reported missing, the Waterloo Volunteer Fire Department has been actively searching.

Fire Chief Ted Kavich has been boat captain on many of the search days.

“It’s something we have done before many times over, and I guess we will continue to do it,” explained Kavich. “Hopefully we can get this closure for the family.”

Waterloo is one of countless agencies who have stepped up to assist. At times there have been as many as 12 boats on the water covering the area between Wilson and Pickwick Dam’s.

Kavich said mutual aid is the key success in missions like this.

“It’s a community. Whether it’s Lauderdale County or Colbert County we work together and try to help each other out,” stated Kavich.

EMA officials said efforts to find Jeremiah Sanders will continue until the young man is located.

The Sanders family released a statement Wednesday morning, thanking the searchers for all of their hard work and also thanking everyone for the prayers and support they have received over the last two weeks.