Locals in ongoing search for missing German citizen

The Montgomery County Pct. 1 Dive Team remains on standby to provide additional assistance in the ongoing search for a German citizen who took a canoe out on Lake Livingston on Christmas Eve and disappeared.

Bennet Schulz, 25 was visiting family members in San Jacinto County when he went out on the lake to run a trot line and never returned. The cane was found two days later, but there has been no sign of Schulz.

Every search method has been performed more than once with no success. The San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Equusearch, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the US Coast Guard, and local fire and rescue agencies have been a part of the effort.

The Montgomery County Pct. 1 Dive Team, which was created by Constable Don Chumley and Dive Master Vernon Miller in 1993, provided mutual aide in the search on New Year’s Eve, January 2 and January 13. In addition to offering divers, Pct. 1 has provided their special sonar equipment which has helped locate victims in numerous recovery efforts.

The Pct. 1 Dive Team is all volunteer, and consists of Dive Master Vernon Miller; Sgt. Randy Sanson, training officer; pilots Ken Cameron and Jim Morris; Don Finley, Equipment officer; Tony Guy, Cathy Finley, Oscar Bizert, Cory Lynn, Earl Brown, Greg Smith, Joe Murdoch, Mike Hill, Gary Herrod, Cristin Cash, Jennifer Spillman and K-9 Mia.

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