Fisherman missing at Smithville Lake - KCTV5

Body of missing fisherman located at Smithville Lake

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Gordon Carr (left) Gordon Carr (left)
Saturday search. Photo Courtesy: KCTV5's Justin Schmidt Saturday search. Photo Courtesy: KCTV5's Justin Schmidt

The family of Gordon Carr told KCTV5 Sunday afternoon that his body has been recovered from Smithville Lake.

Carr, 72, went missing on Friday after his boat was found at Smithville Lake.

Authorities are searching for a missing man after his boat was found at Smithville Lake.

His family said the discovery will give them needed closure and now they can focus on celebrating their loved one's life. They plan a balloon release at the boat dock this week.

"We can move on and actually start to celebrate his life because he was that kind of person," his nephew, Michael Davis, said. "He befriended everybody. He was just a good person."


As state troopers scoured the water with side-scanning sonar and other equipment to scan the bottom of the lake, Carr's family waited and prayed – they have been sitting on the lake's shore, waiting for any sign of what happened.

"Then he said ‘well, it's going to be cool today, I'm going to catch us some more fish," Eva Carr said.

That was the last she heard from her husband before he left to go fishing Friday morning. A few hours later, she got a call from authorities saying another boater found Carr's boat floating in the lake with no sign of Carr about 10 a.m. His vehicle was found near the Route W boat dock.

"He's a good swimmer, good fisherman, I don't know what could have happened," Eva Carr said about her husband of 47 years. 

She said her husband comes to Smithville Lake from their Kansas City home several times a week, and he's never had any problems. Michael Davis, Gordon Carr's nephew, said that part of the lake was his uncle's favorite fishing spot.

"He was here actually the day before this happened. It's just unreal," Davis said as he spoke of his uncle.

Crews pulled the boat from the water to examine it Friday. They said there's no sign of any damage to indicate an accident and nothing that points towards foul play.

"It's been very difficult for the family. Uncle Gordon was a mainstay with the family. Everybody is pretty upset, but we'll stay encouraged, hopefully we'll find something today," Davis said Saturday.

Throughout it all, Eva Carr and her family is trying to remain optimistic.

"I'm trying to stay positive, but it doesn't look that good to me. But I'm still trying to be positive," she said.

"Again we're staying prayerful, hopeful that the highway patrol finds him. Then we can start to move on," Davis said. "We want to stay encouraged that maybe they'll find him alive. Hope for the best. But if it turns out they find his body, we'll start our healing process.

Gordon Carr has severe asthma and his wife is worried that may have played a part in the incident.

The state patrol said because of the water's warm temperature, if Gordon Carr's body is in the lake, they expect it to surface soon.

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