BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
ARGYLE – The body of an Argyle man was recovered by a search team at 9:20 a.m. Saturday morning in southern Lee County.
57 year-old Jacob Pezley was discovered deceased by members of the search party. Preliminary information indicates Pezley had fallen from a 50-foot wall near a bridge, but the official cause of death has not been determined as of this publishing
Lee County Sheriff Stacy Weber called for a canvass of the area surrounding the railroad tracks just off the Des Moines River near Belfast Road Saturday at 9 a.m.
About 80 people joined in the search on foot and ATV/UTVs, while deputies manned the railroad tracks to relay information from the search teams.
“Mr. Pezley was located near a Railroad Bridge, nearby the area the vehicle was located this week, and it appears he died from a fall, of which, the height was approximately 45-50 feet,” Weber said.
Pezley had been missing for about six days after family reported to the sheriff’s department they hadn’t seen Pezley since Monday.
According to sheriff’s reports, the former owner of One-Eye’d Jake’s tavern in Argyle, had parked a white 2003 Pontiac Vibe in a gravel parking area just off Belfast Road at a railroad crossing about seven miles southwest of Argyle.
Weber said it appears Pezley parked the car, locked it and then started out on foot sometime between Monday and Wednesday, when deputies received a call of a suspicious vehicle.
Upon investigation, authorities were able to link the car to Pezley and made contact with his family. Weber said Pezley had a history of being gone for a couple days on occasion, but the family said this was something beyond normal.
Since Wednesday, the sheriff’s department had deployed K9 units, a thermal scanning drone and conducted foot searches. When Pezley still hadn’t shown up Friday, Weber called for the canvass and asked for volunteers to help in the search.