The search for a 38-year-old man who disappeared Monday night (March 6) in Denton County, Texas has since been scaled back by authorities. Ten Texas game wardens will continue their efforts with assistance from other authorities, however, after the man’s two-year-old son was found wandering in the woods on Tuesday morning along Denton Creek, there has been no sign of Matthew Meinert. Captain Cliff Swofford of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department provided further details in an interview with the Dallas News, noting that the search for the pair began on Monday after a boater on the creek identified a beached fishing boat appearing to be abandoned. Finding a cell phone within the boat, the boater called Meinert’s family.
Search for Matthew Meinert Scaled Back Just Days After Authorities Find Two-Year-Old Son Near Denton Creek
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Preliminary details indicate that Meinert may have gone into the water at Denton Creek, near Grapevine Lake, but that has yet to be confirmed. The only witness to what may have happened appears to be Meinert’s two-year-old son Oliver, who has been reunited with his mother at Cook Children’s Medical Center following his ordeal. After having found Oliver, crews on foot and on the water continued to search for Meinert with the use of dogs and drones through Tuesday and Wednesday, pausing their efforts each night. For the most part, Denton Creek is shallow, however, some areas can be as deep as 11 feet. A Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter has been searching the area since Tuesday, while the Flower Mound Fire Department continued to search Denton Creek using sonar. “We’re not going to stop until we find him,” Swofford said.
Officials have said that Meinert’s boat appeared to be in good condition, and there were no nearby footprints. Multiple law enforcement and Parks & Wildlife authorities have been involved in the search, and a police dive team from Lewisville is now on standby. In reference to locating Oliver Meinert, in an interview with Dallas News, Brandon Barth, an emergency management officer with the Flower Mound Fire Department had noted, “Being out in the wild last night with all the wildlife that is present — from snakes to coyotes to hogs — is quite a blessing that he made it.”