UPDATE: Body found in Sabine River identified as missing Kilgore man


UPDATE (8:08 P.M.) – The daughter-in-law of a man reported missing from Kilgore since Sunday confirmed in a Facebook post that the body found in the Sabine River was that of Loyd “Keith” Thrasher.

Lauren Thrasher posted her thanks to the Harleton Fire Department Search and Rescue K-9 team, which assisted in the search for Thrasher, on the team’s Facebook page.

“We are so very thankful to your team!!! Thank you for helping to find my father in law,” she wrote.

The team posted that it had “assisted in a search today” and wished “it had a better ending.”

Thrasher posted on her own Facebook page that the body found “is my father in law.”


CORRECTION: In the article, we had reported that the body that was found was that of the missing Kilgore man, this has NOT been confirmed. The search for Mr. Thrasher continues.


GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – Investigators have found a body, officials say it’s premature to confirm it is the body of the missing Kilgore man who was last seen Sunday.

Loyd Thrasher, who also goes by “Keith,” was last seen Sunday traveling with his two dogs in Kilgore. His family says he does suffer from dementia.

Officials say a body was found at the bottom of the Sabine River.

Authorities have spent Wednesday searching for a man with dementia missing since Sunday.

KETK will update this story as more information becomes available.

GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KETK) Gregg County and Kilgore Police are searching for a man, who suffers from dementia, reportedly missing since Sunday

According to family, Loyd Thrasher (Keith) was last seen in Kilgore on Sunday with his two dogs.

His credit card statements indicate his last transactions were in Gilmer the day before.

One of Thrasher’s dogs were found in Lakeport, and his rental car was found by Gregg County officials by the river on Farm-to-Market Road 2087, abandoned with the second dog.

The deputy noticed that the door was open, he checked on the car and didn’t see anything out of sorts. That spot is popular among fishers, so the deputy continued on his way.

Later that night, the deputy came back, he noticed the car was still in the same state, with the door open. He then figured out it was a rental car, contacted the company who then reached out to the family. 
The next day, the family filed a missing person’s report with Kilgore PD. 

The family says he has dementia and they are very worried about him.

Kilgore Police is bringing in two search and rescue dogs, along with two cadaver dogs to search the area where the car was found.

Kilgore PD is taking the lead on the investigation.

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