NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — It’s all hands on deck as more people are joining the search for Steve Keel, the Dover man who disappeared while on a hunting trip.
When Chad Worrell, James Pellum, Lucas Smith, and David Keel learned that the 61-year-old was missing, they hopped on an airplane to Fairbanks. They have military and search and rescue experience.
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“They are going to go up there, search and rescue, or recovery, whatever it takes,” said Liz Keel, Steve’s wife. “And they made plans for both.”
Steve has been missing since late last month.
He was hunting in Alaska with a hunting partner. They flew into Fairbanks on August 20th—on the 28th, Steve was reported missing.
Neighbors here at home in Tennessee say that after hunting caribou, the two men briefly separated. It was supposed to be no more than an hour, but Steve never returned.
Steve’s sons flew to Alaska to search for their father—but just returned home with no sign of their dad.
“They are, of course, very sad that they were unsuccessful at finding their dad. That would have been their greatest joy,” said Liz.
For Liz, hope is not lost. She has faith in these four men, and the support pouring in from all over the country for her husband.
“We’ve had calls from Montana, Idaho, Washington state, Alaska, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Virginia, all over Tennessee. It’s just been amazing—people are just so good. God is so good.”
Those four men will land in Fairbanks Tuesday night and then drive about 300 miles to Steve’s campsite where they will begin the search first thing Wednesday morning.
If you would like to help, the Dover community is raising money to fund this search effort. You can make that donation at F&M Bank in Dover, Tennessee.