Search continues for missing man at South Holston Lake


It has been just about a week since Matt Ragan disappeared doing what he loved, fishing on South Holston Lake. Even though the situation grows more grim by day, his family isn't giving up faith. "No matter what we wont give up until he's found," Ragan's daughter Hannah said. "We still have hope he's out there." The only thing that was left behind was an empty campsite and an over-turned canoe. Search and rescue crews continue to look by foot and use underwater cameras for any clues, but they tell us it's like finding a needle in a haystack. Even though no one saw Ragan fall underwater, crews said all signs lead them there. "People saw him canoeing in and around the campsite all day Thursday," Sullivan County EMA director Jim Bean said. "He has different types of fishing rod equipment, for shore fishing and boat fishing, the shore fishing equipment was still at camp, the boat fishing was missing." The family told News 5 nothing would suggest Ragan wanted to run, especially with a baby boy on the way. "We have literally sat for hours and thought of everything that could have possibly happened," Hannah said. "We've racked our brains." Ragan's other daughter Tye said. Despite the circumstances, Ragan's daughters are clinging on to hope, but more than anything they want closure. "Whether he's in the water or he's on land, I think at this point we just want him found," Tye said. The search will continue on a bigger scale this weekend. Right now the family is asking for everyone's support during this difficult time.