Search continues for missing man in Mineral Lake

Friday, July 7, 2017 at 4:56 pm

By Sharyn L. Decker
Lewis County Sirens news reporter

CHEHALIS – Mineral Lake is being checked today with sonar devices in an attempt to find a 54-year-old boater who vanished on Wednesday.

Investigators are still working on learning the specifics of what occurred, but have been searching since that afternoon for Gerald L. Harris, a Mineral resident.


Gerald L. Harris

Deputies were dispatched about 4 p.m. on Wednesday to a report of a  female in a boat along the shoreline, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office.

The 49-year-old Mineral woman said her significant other had been on the boat and was believed to be in the water, sheriff’s Chief Deputy Dusty Breen wrote in a press release this afternoon.

Deputies gained the assistance of other boaters on the lake and began to check the area, Breen stated. They checked Harris’s residence and other locations in the community but could not find him, according to Breen. They “entered” Harris as a missing person.

Yesterday, members of the sheriff’s office boating unit conducted additional searches with no results. Today, they are being helped by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, according to Breen.

Breen indicated the woman was unable to provide very specific information, but didn’t elaborate on why that was.

Anyone who may have observed Harris or his significant other on Wednesday, or who has additional information on the incident, is asked to please call the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office at 360-748-9286 or Lewis County Communications at 360-740-1105.

For background, read “News brief: Authorities investigate possible drowning in Mineral” from Thursday July 6, 2017, here

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One Response to “Search continues for missing man in Mineral Lake”

  1. Chantel says:

    Please, anyone with any information please let law enforcement know. I believe there was foul play.

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