Lotus Drummer Chuck Morris And Son’s Bodies Found 24 Days After Arkansas Kayak Trip

24 days after the father-and-son kayaking expedition in Arkansas went missing, Chuck Morris and his son Charley’s bodies were found, according to investigators. Chuck Morris is a musician best known as the percussionist for the band Lotus. Denver-based Lotus is an accomplished band.

After they were reported missing on March 16, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office started looking for Morris, 47, and his son.

The Carroll County Mennonite Disaster Service and Christian Aid Ministries Search and Rescue Team from Tennessee, who used remote-operated underwater vehicles in a “challenging environment” that went down to 180 feet, are credited with using technology and their efforts to recover the bodies, according to the authorities.

“Sheriff Holloway, along with the family of Chuck and Charley, would like to thank all the men and women who donated their time and efforts to help bring closure to the family and recover the two missing men,” the sheriff’s office said.

Lotus Drummer Chuck Morris And Son's Bodies Found 24 Days After Arkansas Kayak Trip

“Our heart goes out the family of Chuck and Charley Morris and we are thankful today that we can help bring closure,” the sheriff’s office said.

In the middle of March, the two went missing while kayaking on Beaver Lake, a reservoir in the state’s northwest, sparking a massive search and rescue operation.

According to Lt. Shannon Jenkins, a Benton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman, the effort involved dive crews, boats, dogs, and more from numerous agencies.

But, the search turned into a recovery attempt after a few days.

“This lake is a serious challenge to search but we’re doing everything we can,” According to CBS Colorado, Tony Wade, head of operations for Cajun Coast Search and Rescue.

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According to CBS Colorado, the lake’s water temperature plummeted to the 30s and 40s in the days after the kayakers vanished. According to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxillary, people can only survive in water between 35 and 40 degrees for roughly 90 minutes.

“You’d instantly go into shock,” Wade said. “This is 100% a recovery.”

Some in Lotus claimed they thought Morris and his son were dead a few days after they vanished.

“We were all hoping for a miracle, but at this point, the search for Chuck & Charley has moved to a recovery. With help from K9 teams, there is a probable location on the lake, but logistical challenges including temp, weather, and depth have prevented a recovery thus far,” the band wrote on Twitter on March 21.

“While we are deeply grieving, we plan to celebrate Chuck and Charley’s lives, our memories with them, and what they meant to so many people,” the band added.

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