Searchers say they will stay on Pickwick Lake for as long as it takes

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) - After two weeks, there’s been no sign of two brothers who went missing on Pickwick Lake on March 1.

A make-shift sign now hangs from the “Old Railroad Bridge” which spans the Tennessee River. It’s a banner of support for the family of Jeremiah and Jacob Sanders.

For 13 days, crews have performed visual searches from the air and water.

On Sunday, divers entered the water near a point of interest located by cadaver dogs. Hazardous to themselves, the men were unable to locate anything.

“There’s a lot of debris down there I understand. A lot of things that are hazards to them, and of course you have to work as safely as possible while you’re in the water and especially in an environment like that,” explained Lauderdale County EMA Director George Grabryan.

Exhausted, crews on the Colbert County side of the search area took Monday to recharge.

Hundreds of man hours have already gone into this mission. Regardless of the costs, EMA officials say they are in this search and recovery effort for the long haul.

“We want to be sure we have eyes out and eyes in the air as much as possible,“ said Grabryan. “We would really like to get this family some closure so they can move where they need to move to.”

With the dedication of the men and women on the lake, Grabryan is hopeful they can locate Jeremiah and Jacob Sanders very soon.

Six crews spent Monday searching the area between Wilson Dam and Waterloo on the Tennessee River.

Search efforts will be back at full strength on Tuesday with the return of Colbert County EMA crews.

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